Title: Shooter's Hill
Deep in the centre of the island, nestled in the hills of Manchester, is the small community of Shooter's Hill, home of Jamaica's famous Pickapeppa Sauce. A concoction of sweetness and spice, the thick brown condiment is a delightful addition to almost any Jamaican meal. The Pickapeppa Company Limited has been operating from its small factory in Shooter’s Hill since 1921, when the recipe was developed and first marketed among local gourmet connoisseurs.
The Kirkvine Works was the first plant in Jamaica to actually process bauxite into aluminium and is still the largest plant on the island. At one point in the mid-20th century, Jamaica was the second largest exporter of bauxite/alumina in the world.
The view at the top of Shooter's Hill is the tomb of the man who originally owned most of the land in the area, Alexander Woodburn Heron. Heron left instructions in his will to be buried there, and today the Windalco Bauxite Company maintains the tomb. Beside the tomb is an excellent lookout, and on a clear day, one can look across the island and see the Blue Mountain Peak, 60 miles away to the east.
Say Hello To:
When in Shooter's Hill, stop by the Pickapeppa factory for a tour (regular tours run from September to April), and ask for Joseph Lyn Kee Chow, oldest member of the Lyn Kee Chow family, the founders of the company. He may not be around, since he is semi-retired, but he may turn up while you are there. He does that occasionally, just to make sure that all is going well!