Archive | December 3, 2015

Georgia Overseer’s House

After leaving the Long Pond Great House, while driving down the highway between Clarks Town and Duncans, I noticed a great house at the top of a hill. I drove up the hill, a group of men met me, and they informed me that I was at the Georgia Great House. Upon further investigation, the house is actually the Georgia Estate overseer’s house. The Georgia Great House is further up Georgia Ridge. An Everglades Sugar Company security guard gave me a tour of the outside of the house.  So far, all I know about the great house is that the Thomas Gordon founded the Georgia Estate and it consisted of 1,389 acres. I hope to discover more about it later. Any help from my readers would be greatly appreciated. It appeared that several sugar mill employees now live in the house.

The two story house is constructed of square cut stones, probably brought over from England as ballast in the ships that hauled sugar to England. The builders constructed both stories of stone. There is a large cut stone stairway in the front. Corrugated metal now covers the hip roof. The remains of the original kitchen out building is in ruins and barely visible behind the house.

The house is easily recognizable, just off the Clarks Town/Duncans road, just a couple of kilometers south of Clarks Town.

John Grant, Chief Justice of Jamaica from 1784 to 1790 purchased the Georgia Estate in 1778.  He was also and an Attorney for several other estates and having become wealthy from Jamaican  sugar, retired to Scotland in 1790.  He sold Georgia Estate to his friend Charles Gordon

Charles Gordon moved to Jamaica in 1772, from Scotland to settle the estate of his uncle who had been a merchant in Montego Bay.  While he was there, he purchased the Georgia Estate from John Grant.  He became very wealthy and was able to return to Scotland in 1781.

Major General Thomas Gordon who lived from 1788 to 1841 owned Georgia Estate and it’s 250 slaves.  He received his title during his service in behalf of the Greeks in their war of independence from the Turkish rule of their country.  He owned the slaves up until their emancipation  in 1838.

 

 

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