The Waterwheel – Historic Nature Tourism Entertainment Spot – Things To Do In Falmouth Jamaica
What is The Waterwheel?
Waterwheel is the newest attraction and the latest addition to the list of things to do in Falmouth Jamaica. The attraction is operated by the Leakey family through the company Farmlands Limited.
The Waterwheel is a mixture of history, natural, green, nature tourism and entertainment. The premises consist of Bar , Kitchen (including drums for grilling) and bathroom facilities. There is a 40 ft by 40 ft covered area for seating and a 30 ft by 30 ft dance area (uncovered) This is complemented by a big lawn area.
The Waterwheel is the historic location of the Falmouth Water Wheel in Martha Brae. This is the wheel that was the head of the system that brought Falmouth Jamaica the first piped water system in the Western Hemisphere.
This piped water system was established in 1797. The Martha Brae Waterwheel pumped water through a canal into the town of Falmouth, some 2 miles away. The water collected into a big tank in Water Square (hence the name). This water was then distributed through pipes to the homes in Falmouth.
The wheel has been repaired and still works today.
The Waterwheel is set on the banks of the famous Martha Brae river in the small town of Martha Brae. This ‘ever-flowing’ river provides piped water to most of Trelawny. It also supplements the supplies of other parishes including St. James and St. Ann. The river is most famous for the attraction: “Rafting on the Martha Brae.”
The Martha Brae river runs very close to the Water Wheel (just a few meters away). Water is diverted to the Water Wheel through a canal. The location provides a tranquil spot surrounded by the lush green foliage of the river bank.
Natural Swimming Pool
Visitors to the Waterwheel property can safely have a swim in the Martha Brae river. This is possible through a natural pool created by the developers. This swimming pool diverts water from the canal.
As teenagers going to William Knibb Memorial High, we sometimes stopped to take a dip in the canal. we called it “Trench” back then. I remember how refreshing a swim it was in the cool water of the Martha Brae.
The pool is filtered by an old-fashioned hand-turned filtration system. This is in keeping with the historic theme of the Falmouth Water Wheel.
The pool is not stagnant. Water flows continuously from the canal to the pool, then from the pool, back into the Martha Brae River. This ensures a fresh supply of river water that is filtered for bathing purposes.
I was impressed by the beautifully kept lawn. The property had the right mixture of history and nature.
A few weeks ago, I was traveling in a local taxi. There was a party taking place at the Waterwheel in Martha Brae. The driver asked me if I did not know that The Waterwheel was the hottest entertainment spot for Falmouth. Mark (the taxi-driver) told me that most of the local party promotions now take place there. He said because of the Noise Abatement Act, the police were closing parties early in locations that were not sound proof. The Waterwheel, although outdoors, does a good job of controlling the noise from the sound systems.
The parties are held on the 30 ft by 30 ft uncovered dance area but patrons are free to use the covered area. For special occasions, 20 ft by 20 ft tent, 10 ft by 20 ft tent, chairs and tables are available for additional rental.
That is not all that takes place at the Water Wheel. The entertainment spot is available for:
- Business Meetings
- Family fun day
- Funeral (repast)
- Pool Party (only natural river water pool)
On my visit to The Waterwheel property, it was being prepared for a wedding as shown in the picture below.
The Waterwheel in Martha Brae is an excellent spot if you are looking for things to do in Falmouth, Jamaica. You can ‘kill three birds with one stone:’ You can be a part of our rich Falmouth history, enjoy the natural ambiance of the river bank property or take advantage of their entertainment facilities.
For bookings, please contact For bookings, please contact:
- 1 (876) 587-3748 or
- 1 (876) 327-8016 or
- 1 (876) 954-6292