YS Falls, YS Estate
YS Falls, YS Estate Reviews
Closed on Mondays May 02, 2011
Honestly we didn’t have great success when we visited the YS Falls because it turned out that they were closed on Mondays when we arrived up there. We drove the car as far in to the estate as we could and we managed to get some good looks of both the estate and the river after the fall.
The YS estate name derives from the original estate owners back in 1684 John Yates & Richard Scott whose initials were stamped on their cattle and the hogsheads of sugar that they exported. The farm is huge and covers today around 2300 acres and raises the beautiful pedigree Red Poll cattle which is a Jamaican breed.
The area is really beautiful and I was a bit sad that we didn’t have time to come back and see the fall another day, especially after I have see pictures of the fall afterwards, but there shall always be a reason for returning.
YS is the shortest place name in Jamaica. YS was originally a cane farm, with a factory. YS Estate was also a supplier of logwood for export to Europe. The heart of the logwood tree was used for the purpose of making dye.
By 1887 the property had changed hands many times and was held in the Encumbered Estates Court in London. At that time, Great Grand Uncle (John Browne) of the present owner, Cecil Browne, had travelled to London to purchase a property in St. Ann. However, upon arrival in London, that property had been sold. John Browne wanting a property with a river running through it bought YS Estate, sight unseen.
YS continued to grow cane, reap logwood trees and raise cattle. With the introduction of synthetic dyes, the need for logwood dwindled. In the 1960’s cane was phased out. In the 1950’s, the present owner, Cecil Browne, started to breed and raise thoroughbred horses. Cecil Browne continued the breeding and raise cattle, but now, focuses on the Jamaica Red Poll cattle, which is a pedigreed herd.
Simon Browne, youngest son of Cecil Browne, opened YS in 1992 to the public, living out his lifelong wish. However, Simon Browne only wanted to admit 25 persons a day, but the popularity of YS Falls exceeded that. However, Simon monitors numbers to ensure that the natural beauty of YS is not destroyed by inquisitive feet.
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Part of the list Things to do and see in Jamaica
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