The town of Maidstone in Manchester was founded by Moravian missionaries in 1840. The Mainstone coffee plantation estate included 341 acres and was divided into 98 lots that ranged in size from one acre to 15 acres. The deposit required to buy land was small, making it affordable to ex-slaves, who generally paid off their balances by 1850. The land was uneven and rocky so it could not be laid out in a regular grid of streets, but its ex-slave pioneers managed to build a very large village nonetheless. There was a schoolhouse built, which served as a chapel shortly after the township’s establishment. The settlers of Maidstone became known for their sturdy and independent characteristics, and many of the leading families of today trace their ancestry to the original pioneers.
About 365 Things to Do, See and Eat in Jamaica
Jamaica has so many unique foods, places and events to offer. These things are often missed by visitors to Jamaica and even locals. Our goal is to have you try new things and see what Jamaica has to fully offer with something to do 365 days of the year. Please note that these are all our opinions and we are always open to suggestions.
Photo Source: Maidstone Manchester