Renowned local blogger, Heidi recently visited Green Castle’s Spanish Tower with her family in tow. Her page on Instagram is ‘wherenextheidi’. Under the tag of ‘In Mi Back YAAD’, she’s built up a following showcasing many of the exciting and varied things to do within Jamaica. We loved her post so much, we’ve listed highlights of it below…
“One of the highlights on the Green Castle Tour was getting to step inside this Historic Spanish Windmill Tower.
Identified as the Historic Spanish Tower on the Green Castle Map. Given that it’s described as a Spanish Tower then that can give you an indication of how old it is. And as you can see, it’s in pretty decent shape as far as ruins go. Some pretty interesting facts:
- The tower was built using an ancient Roman construction technique using put- logs to create scaffolding.
- The timbers date from a tree felled in the 14th or 15th century, suggesting salvage from a Spanish ship.
- The stone used to build the tower is not found in Jamaica.
- A Jamaican Owl (endemic to Jamaica as opposed to the common Barn Owl also found in Jamaica and across the world) lives in the tower and if you’re lucky and quiet you might catch a glimpse of it…we were quiet but we were not lucky.
This is one of the many things you will get to experience on the Green Castle Estate Tour. What was surprising is that this tower is NOT listed with Jamaica’s National Heritage Trust…I wonder why?”
Thanks Heidi – we’ll get that listing sorted with Jamaica’s National Heritage Trust and we look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Meanwhile people can find out more about Green Castle’s Estate Tour and fascinating history by visiting our tour page here https://www.gcjamaica.com/things-to-do-in-jamaica/tour-green-castle-estate-nature-lodge/