THE EX­PE­RI­ENCE

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RAT­ING

5/5

ES­SEN­TIALS

In­sect re­pel­lent, change of cloth­ing or towel.

BEST THING

Cul­tural and her­itage site, warmth of res­i­dents, drum­ming, danc­ing.

LO­CA­TION

The Char­les Town Ma­roon Mu­seum and Asafu Yard is nes­tled in the Buff Bay Val­ley in Port­land. From Kingston, the site is a near two-hour drive if you drive through Stony Hill and Golden Spring in St An­drew. On en­ter­ing St Mary, drive along Broadgate unto Iter Bo­re­ale be­fore mak­ing it to Wind­sor Cas­tle. con­tin­u­a­tion tra­di­tion.

The Char­les Town Ma­roon Mu­seum was opened in 2003 by its founders Colonel Frank Lums­den and Dou­glas’ fa­ther, Ken­neth Dou­glas. It is ideal for cul­ture and his­tory en­thu­si­asts, school tours, and, in Dou­glas’ own words, “any­one who wants to learn about Ma­roon cul­ture”.

It is rel­a­tively small but holds all the com­po­nents to trans­port you to the 18th cen­tury to ex­pe­ri­ence the life of a Ma­roon. Arte­facts like a large cop­per pot used to make su­gar, neck shack­les, irons, and weaponry are on dis­play. Per­haps the most pop­u­lar arte­fact, the abeng, is also an ac­tive fea­ture of the mu­seum and can only be blown by some­one ap­pointed by the an­ces­tors. Dou­glas said that they still use the abeng in the vil­lage to send mes­sages of births, deaths, and cel­e­bra­tions. Upon our ar­rival, the abeng was blown to sum­mon dancers and drum­mers, who we would en­counter later on the tour.

An­other prom­i­nent fea­ture of of the Ma­roon

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