Marshall's Pen is a private nature reserve and residence, protected national heritage site and a cattle farm.
Marshall's Pen Great House was built in the early nineteenth century, by the Earl of Balcarres and Crawford. It is a designated National Heritage site, officially recognized by the Jamaica National Heritage Trust http://jnht.org.jm. because of the great house, the remnants of the old slave village and other structures on the property.
The slave village is being excavated by Dr James Delle of Shippensberg University and is the subject of several scholastic papers. Find out more on Facebook - check out https://www.facebook.com/MarshallsPenArchaeologyProject/
Members of the public may visit the house by appointment only (groups of 6-10 persons).
Birding, botany and natural history
Marshall's Pen is one of the premiere birding destinations in Jamaica. More than 100 species of birds have been observed on the 310 acre property including 23 of the 29 Jamaican endemic species. Check this link to eBird to see what has been reported recently.
Visits and birding tours may be arranged by appointment only. It is a private house, but accommodation may be available by prior arrangement.
Located in the middle of the island, about 3 miles from the centre of Mandeville, Marshall's Pen is an excellent base from which to explore south central Jamaica, including the Cockpit Country, Portland Bight Protected Area (including Portland Cottage and the Portland Bight Discovery Centre) and Black River Upper and Lower Morasses. Many visiting scientists use it as a base. It is also a great place for a retreat or for artists or writers.
Nature Reserve and cattle farm
Marshall's Pen was a coffee property in the early C19th but today it is a working farm, with a pure-bred herd of Jamaican Red Poll cattle and maintaining them is part of the biodiversity conservation programme. The landscape consists of rolling pastures defined by traditional dry stone walls and interspersed with wooded hills. The old-growth forests support many endemic species of plants, birds, reptiles and invertebrates, some of them rare,