Tryall Estate - Hanover parish
The Tryall Estate is a former sugar plantation turned coconut plantation. Nowadays, Tryall is a luxury club with villas, tennis courts and a world class golf course. However, traces of the past are very much in evidence with the 200 year old waterwheel still in operation and the Tryall Great House still in place and well maintained.
The main tourist attraction on the Tryall Estate is the giant waterwheel. It is over 200 years old, 10 meters in diameter and is the only waterwheel in Jamaica which is still operational. The wheel is powered by water from the Flint River which is carried along a 2 mile aqueduct. The wheel originally powered the sugar crush but was partially destroyed during the slave revolt of 1831. It was rebuilt in the 1950s.
The wheel is visible from the road but, for a closer look, stop by the craft vendors who have stalls outside the wheel; they are usually keen to offer visitors a quick guided tour.
The Georgian Great House of Tryall Estate has been used as a guest house since the 1930s as a means of supplementing the income from the flailing coconut trade. It now houses 13 luxury villas, which are privately owned and available to rent.
The 18 hole golf course at Tryall Estate is world class and offers views of the Caribbean Sea as well as the historic ruins of the estate. It was the home of the Johnny Walker Golf Tournament until 1996.