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Open Air Museum
The town of Discovery Bay was originally named Dry Harbour. The name was changed for "tourist appeal" as it is reputed by some to be the area at which Christopher Columbus first landed in Jamaica.
The open air museum displays items used by earlier occupants of the island.
The legend under the scale reads in part: "This scale was located at Pantrepant in the Parish of Trelawny. It was used to weigh logwood, which was utilized extensively as a dyestuff from the 16th century and was among Jamaica's prime exports from that time until the 1920s..."
The legend next to the fanner explains: "The pimento fanner was used to remove extraneous matter mixed with the dried pimento berries. Wooden paddles attached to a series of cogs are rotated by turning a handle. The motion of the paddles creates an air current which blows away dried leaves and trash as the berries are fed down a threshing chute."
A typical iron strong box, with lead at the bottom.
Sugar cauldron for slow boiling of cane juice to produce sugar crystals and molasses residue.
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