Morant Point Lighthouse
By: Brian Jahn
The Lighthouse at Morant Point, Golden Grove, Jamaica. (1998)
This red & white striped lighthouse is made up of a 100 ft. high (30m) cast iron tube that was constructed and shipped all the way from England. It was the first cast iron lighthouse built in the western hemisphere. Now a historical monument it was erected in 1841 by freed African slaves from Sierra Leone. Sitting on the islands eastern most point it’s the oldest lighthouse in Jamaica and still in use today.
If your feeling adventurous you can climb the winding steps to the very top. Once at the top there is an amazing view that looks out over the cane fields wafting in the coastal breeze and up toward the majestic Blue Mountains. It’s a good drive to get there driving over the rolling hills, through the cane fields and along the coast, it was well worth the trip. If you ever find yourself in the area and are interested in Jamaican history you should try to check it out, even if it’s just for the peace and quiet of the place.