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Way Back When (Black River Heritage Tour) showcases the historic town of Black River, capital of St. Elizabeth. The tour provides an entertaining insight into the colorful past of this small town, best known for its beautiful river, and the fact that it was the first town in Jamaica to be lit by electricity.

Step back in time and get to know the events and the characters that helped shape Black River’s history from the 17th century forwards. You will find a cast of progressive thinkers, quirky civil servants, merchants, mistresses, slaves, soldiers, and ordinary townspeople with an irreverent sense of humor.

Experience the feel of Black River today as people go about their everyday business, surrounded by the many historic buildings which still stand. As you walk through the streets of this town, which was second only to Kingston in prominence, your exploration will uncover a lot about Jamaica’s past.

Way Back When is a walking tour which lasts approximately two hours, including stops. The actual time spent walking is less than an hour. The walk begins at the centuries-old Parish Church and ends at Waterloo Guesthouse, the 19th century landmark which was the first house in Jamaica to be powered by electric current.

The tour was conceived by a sixth-generation inhabitant of the town, and may include stories which are unlikely to be heard anywhere else.

Necessities: Hat, lightweight clothes, comfortable shoes, and sunscreen.
Bottled water is provided.