The Culture Yard, Trench Town
This past Saturday, a friend and I visited the Trench Town Culture Yard in west Kingston to learn more about the area that Bob Marley called home.
Upon arrival we met our tour guide Stone Man, aka Willing & Able, who gave us a full tour not only of the Culture Yard but also of the Trench Town community (be sure to ask for the community tour too as this is an important part of the whole experience).
The Trench Town Culture Yard was opened on February 6, 2000, as a tribute to Bob Marley’s early home and to the community where he wrote many of his world famous songs including “Trench Town Rock”, “No Woman No Cry” (co-written with Vincent “Tata” Ford), “Concrete Jungle” and “Natty Dread”. Bob’s room and the remains of his Volkswagen van are there, as well as other photos, artifacts, and documents giving an account of the Culture Yard’s history. Trench Town produced not only The Wailers but many other seminal reggae bands including The Heptones and The Abyssinians.
According to Christopher Whyms-Stone, the architect who led the effort to restore the Culture Yard, there are further plans to develop the area, including the renovation of Marley’s mother’s nearby house, also in the Trench Town community.
The Culture Yard is a “must visit” for anyone wanting to get a better understanding of Jamaica’s global icon, Bob Marley, and his legacy.
Another post to come on the community…
Love visiting your site. The Trench Town Culture Yard has a new exciting web site with two interactive maps for visitors, one of the Government Yards under Explore and the other a comprehensive map of the entire Trench Town District under Stories of Trench Town. We would like for you to use this site where you find it necessary and we want to promote yours as well. I have been working in the CY with Sophia Dowe and Chris Whyms-Stone for twenty years helping promote the place.
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Went on the tour today it was great. Sophia was great learned a lot about the culture of Trench Town. One love
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Thanks for the comment and feedback Scott!
I and my friends were just there on Sunday. Its was a really nice experience.
There are glittzier, fancier museums, but as far as
giving you a true feel for the life and times of people like marly and bunny Wailer etc. , this one is hard to beat.
I highly recommend it.
May i please have a contact name and number for the organizers of the culture yard?
I am so sorry i never get to meet you…..i am the tour guide for the museum,,,but hope you had enjoy yourself there.
The culture yard needs to be developed into a full fledged major tourist attraction. Tourism has evolved into far more than just “sea and sand”