So… kicking off a two-month focus on Witches, Ghosts, and Creepy Ladies in History in celebration of my favorite holiday- HALLOWEEN.
In 1746, Henry Fanning purchased the 290 acres of land in Jamaica for him and his new bride, Rosa Palmer, but Henry died just a few months after they were married. Rosa married George Ash in 1750, and it was George who built the incredible Rose Hall- but he also died just a short time after the property was completed.
Surprise, surprise, Rosa was widowed once again after her 3rd marriage to Norwood Witter in 1767. Fourth time was the charm when she married John Palmer. When she died in 1790, the property was left to John then left it to his sons from a previous marriage. Blah blah blah… long story short… John’s nephew, James, took over the place. He moved to Jamaica and then married Annie Patterson.
There are gruesome, but unproven, stories about Annie’s activities on the plantation with regard to the mistreatment of slaves, killing her husband(s), etc. But there are some inconsistencies in the so-called facts. Many of the White Witch rumors come from a book by H.G. de Lisser “The White Witch of Rose Hall.”
Regardless of what you believe about the tale, Rose Hall is considered one of the most haunted locations in the world.
I’ve included the lyrics of “The Ballad of Annie Palmer” on this painting. The song, by Johnny Cash, can be heard here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOSU5WMkOpo
You can also book a tour of the Hall here: https://rosehall.com/tours/
And… you can watch the Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventure episode of the location here: http://www.travelchannel.com/tv-shows/ghost-adventures/travel-guides/rose-hall-jamaica