Lucea – a city on the northwest coast of Jamaica, the administrative center of Hanover County.
Hanover, Jamaica’s third smallest parish (after Kingston and St. Andrew), was founded in 1723. Lucea is its capital and main town. From the middle of the 18th century, the people of Lucea provided the rest of Jamaica with most of its produce but mainly exported bananas until the 1960s.
Lucea is the home of the Lucea yam, which was exported to feed Jamaicans working abroad.
Fort Charlotte in Lucea was built in 1761. Alongside the fort is an impressive Georgian brick structure known as The Barracks, which was built in 1843 to provide shelter to the soldiers stationed there. There is a description of the site from May 2014 and ten photos (some taken offshore)
In the early 20th century The Barracks became the educational center for the town and has now been transformed to become part of the Rusea High School complex. In 1982 Rusea High School was merged with the Hanover Secondary School and is still known as the Rusea High School (Fort Charlotte). In May 2014 the school was still open and open-air lessons took place inside the fort.
Lucea boasts many clubs and parks as well as the historical attractions, and museum. Lucea’s most popular dance clubs that attract both tourists and local people are the 300 Club, founded in 1955, Green Dragon, and Border Line. The Tryall Golf, Tennis & Beach Club sits on a 2,200-acre (8.9 km2) property outside Lucea, and is Hanover’s most exclusive resort.