Albert Town on the south east of the Cockpit Country is at about 600metres (2000ft) above sea level and its climate is relatively humid and cool. Famous for its annual Yam Festival, it is at the centre of an area which is struggling to maintain an existence as its agriculture-based economy declines. The South Trelawny Environmental Agency is a prime mover in the area and has organised accommodation (bed and breakfast) and various tourism-related activities. Check them out!
Albert Town was carved out of the Freemans Hall property and was originally called "Santa Hill" (colloquially "SanSan") after the large number of Santa Maria (Calophyllum calaba - a tree species commonly used as lumber) growing in the area; in the mid nineteenth century the town worthies decided to rename the town after Prince Albert, Consort of Queen Victoria.
Districts are known as Queens-Land; Cotton Tree; Butt-Up-Town; Foster; Albert Town; Dutch Hill.
The early prosperity of Albert Town can be attributed to productive properties like Durham (coffee) and Freemans Hall with its adjoining factory, Belisle, famous for a rum of that name. The area was technically advanced in using cables to transport cane from the Congo Hill property to the factory.
The Anglican church of St Andrew was built in 1868 on a hilltop overlooking the town. This church was the last to be built before the disestablishment of the Anglican Church (ie the separation of the Anglican Church from the English Government). Apropos, did you know that "antidisestablishmentarianism" is the longest word in the English language?! Or, at least, it was when I went to school.
Nearby areas include Ulster Spring, German Town, Stettin, Joe Hut, Burnt Hill, Allsides,
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