On 27 November, Old Harbour held their 11th Expo event on the Old Harbour campus of Portmore Community College. The Expo is part of a series of events organised by the Old Harbour Development Area Committee to promote the town to it’s residents, the wider Jamaica and beyond it’s southern shores.
The Expo had a number of stands highlighting goods and services ranging from farming, crime prevention, organic food, household equipment, health & fitness, education plus local tourism.
A few titbits on Old Harbour I would like to add
- The Taino Amerindians resided in Old Harbour at the time the first Europeans (including Columbus) had sailed to Jamaica in the 1490s.
- Old Harbour was previously known under the Spanish as Esquivel (1510), named after Juan De Esquivel, first Governor of Jamaica.
- Legend has it that the nearby Goat Islands was used by pirates such as Henry Morgan to hide their livestock for tax evasion from the mainland.
- St Dorothy Anglican Church -built in the 1680’s -is one of the oldest churches in the western Hemisphere.
- Old Harbour’s main port, Port Esquivel.
- The iconic iron clock was installed in the 17th century.
- The first indentured workers (200) from northern India landed in Old Harbour in 1844.
- Marcus Garvey spoke at Old Harbour Primary School in September 1930.
- Up until the mid 1950s Little Ascot Race Track in Old Harbour was the centre of horse racing in the Caribbean.
- Marlie Racetrack and Harrison Pen in Old Harbour hosted track and cycle meets during the 1940s & 50s.
- Former Prime Minister, Bruce Golding, lived in Old Harbour and his mother Enid Golding was the first Principal of Old Harbour High School in 1969.
- Donald Nation, grandfather of writer Malcolm Gladwell was headmaster at Old Harbour Primary School during the 1960s.
- Old Harbour currently has population of over 30,000 and is expected grow to 56000 by 2030.
- “I’m from Old Harbour; I grew up in Church Pen. – Marcia Barrett, of Boney M fame