Dating from the 1700s, Cinnamon Hill was once owned by the family of 19th-century poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning of “How do I love thee. Let me count the ways.” It is now restored to its former glory as a gracious plantation home.
In the mid-1970s the country music singer Johnny Cash bought the house from his friend, American businessman John Rollins. Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash were part-time Jamaica residents for more than four decades. Intrigued by the legend of “White Witch of Rose Hall,” Johnny Cash wrote the “Ballad of Annie Palmer.” During the Rose Hall Great House tour, you can hear this haunting ballad sung by the guides.
The Rose Hall community has a proud heritage. In the 1960s, the late John Rollins, one of America’s most successful business entrepreneurs, fell in love with Jamaica and bought the original Rose Hall Plantation. The imposing Great House regained its former glory with an authentic architectural restoration that includes a magnificent collection of furnishings and décor reflecting 18th-century Colonial style.
The Rollins family vision has always been to transform the land into a tranquil paradise for themselves and for others seeking a Caribbean home by the sea. Today, Michele Rollins and her children continue John Rollins’ dream of creating a vacation colony of the highest quality. As more kindred spirits arrive, they too find themselves enthralled by the magical spirit of Rose Hall.
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What the compound looks like today!