There are very few places on this enchanting island as rich in culture and history as the renowned Accompong Town. This Maroon settlement is perched high up in the mountains of the bread-basket parish of St. Elizabeth. Described as a nation within a nation this unique community is the symbol of the indigenous African pride as exuded by its inhabitants; the maroons. These Maroons are descendants of former runaway slaves who fled the slave plantations of Jamaica to from their own communities.
Living on lands granted under a treaty with the British, the maroons continue to practice and enjoy the traditional customs handed down by their forefathers. The people of Accompong are law-abiding and trustworthy individuals who take pride in their communal tendencies that spread a high sense of belonging to all villagers. The unique lifestyle of the Maroons contribute to their unusually high life-expectancy. Experts in bush (herbs) medicine, the maroons are highly skilled and knowledgeable in a vast array of plants and trees and their healing and restorative properties. Many Accompong Maroons live vigorous lives into old age and perform grueling dances at festivals that would faze the youngsters of other communities.
Come experience this culturally eccentric village of Accompong Town any day, everyday for an enthralling and rich discourse in Jamaican history. Visit the town's greatest event in the form of a festival held every January to celebrate the victory of iconic Maroon leader; Kojo, over the British that led to the Treaty. This celebration is held every year on Kojo’s birthday (January 6) and begins approximately at 10 a.m. with the sound of the abeng, the side-blown horn, the Maroon War Horn which has been in use in Jamaica for over three centuries. This instrument is made from cow horn and at full blast can be heard clearly over a distance of approximately 15 kilometers.
Share in the feasting, and the showcasing of various maroon artifacts and goods. Be encaptured in the expert telling of folk tales and history. Witness the reenactment of the war dances and Treaty Songs of the Accompong Maroons. Indulge in an exquisite and invigorating maroon drink skillfully made from the bark and roots of endemic trees high in medicinal content and value. The Abeng has sounded! Make your first step towards physical, mental and spiritual healing.
Things to take: Camera, Money, sunglasses, Comfortable walking and sunscreen
Price includes round trip transportation, lunch and entry fee to attraction
- Ocho Rios
Pick up from your hotel in Ocho Riosin private air-conditioned vehicle then travel to Accompong Town of the Maroons village in the rainforest from Ocho Rios . After your tour we will be transported back to your hotel in Ocho Rios