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Roaring River Estate: Negril Attractions & Sightseeing, Jamaica

Roaring River Estate

Roaring River Park is a heritage and nature park near Petersfield, Westmoreland Parish, Jamaica.

A former slave plantation, the Roaring River Estate near Petersfield in Westmoreland is named for the gushing waters of the river. Its history is rooted in the sugar industry of the colonial era, beginning in the late 17th century. It was owned by the Beckfords of Gloucestershire, one of the first English families to settle in Jamaica after the island was won from the Spanish.

The Roaring River runs underground, before appearing near to Petersfield, close to the Roaring River Cave, a series of limestone caverns with a small mineral spring inside. The Roaring River Citizens Association, a local community group, looks after the caves and provides guided tours for visitors. There is also a fresh water sinkhole where visitors can swim and a landscaped private garden where visitors are welcome for a contribution.

An old stone aqueduct collects some of the runoff water, and in the side of the cliff lies Roaring River cave, the mouth of an expansive underground cave! For the adventurous, it is quite an exploration opportunity. It is also a favorite of local musicians, who, because of the amazing natural acoustics, play music by using bamboo on the rocks of this underground music hall.

The river provides the parish capital, Savanna-la-Mar, with its water supply and it is the most important source of water in central Westmoreland and the Georges plain.

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