Appleton Rum Factory
Witness the creation of world-famous Appleton Rum on Appleton Estate in St. Elizabeth’s Nassau Valley. See the 200 year old “Pot Stills” still used today. You will be able to sample and press your own fresh cane juice. The visit would not be complete without a sampling of Appleton’s delicious rums.
Appleton Estate is the oldest and most famous of all of Jamaica’s sugar cane estates. It is nestled in the fertile Nassau Valley on either side of the Black River in the Southwest of Jamaica. The origins of Appleton Estate date back to 1655 when the English captured Jamaica from the Spaniards. Frances Dickinson, whose grandsons Caleb and Ezekiel were the earliest known owners of the Appleton Estate, took part in that conquest of Jamaica, and it is believed that Appleton Estate was part of the land grant that Dickinson received as reward for his services.
After many generations of ownership by the Dickinson family, the Appleton Estate was sold out of the family in 1845. From then on, it was owned by a procession of prominent Jamaican families, each of whom helped to increase the size and potential of the Appleton Estate by purchasing additional acreage of land planted with sugarcane. During these years, the Appleton Estate was producing several different pot still rums, and it began to gain a reputation as a reliable source for quality rum, a reputation that continues to this day.