Blenheim - Hanover parish
Blenheim can be found in the hills of rural Hanover. The town's claim to fame is that it is the birthplace of Sir Alexander Bustamante, one of Jamaica's national heroes. In commemoration, a museum has been established here, celebrating Bustamante's life and work.
The name Blenheim has two likely origins, firstly there is a Blenheim in Germany where a great battle was fought in 1704. Blenheim Place was also the name of Sir Winston Churchill's birthplace in Oxfordshire, England.
A replica of Bustamante's thatched farm house has been constructed in Blenheim which houses a museum in his honour. However, the building suffered extensive fire damage in 1984 and 2005 and has twice been rebuilt.
The building currently houses press clippings detailing Bustamante's life and several of Bustamante's personal artifacts. Outside are boards bearing quotations from the National Hero and a garden featuring medicinal plants. A memorial service in honour of Bustamante's memory is held here on the 24th of February each year, the anniversary of his birthday.© 2009 Jamaica Travel and Culture .com