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Clarendon Parish Library

Clarendon Parish Library

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May Pen is the capital and largest town in the parish of Clarendon in the county of Middlesex, Jamaica. It is located on the Rio Minho river, and is a major market centre. The population is estimated at around 60,000. The town has a Mayor and a long standing Member of Parliament.

May Pen was established as a plantation settlement by the British between 1660 and 1683 on a crossing point of the Rio Minho River. May Pen is now said to be the fastest growing rural town close to Kingston. It is well located from an administrative point of view in the centre of a largely agricultural parish, and as a midpoint on the Kingston to Manchester road.

May Pen is also an important citrus packing centre, famous for 'Trout Hall' oranges. The Denbigh agricultural showground is a short distance from May Pen.

It is the birthplace of reggae and ska legend Fredrick "Toots" Hibbert frontman of Toots and the Maytals, Reggae artists like Everton Blender, Barrington levy, Clavin (Cocoa Tea) Scott and the one and only Freddie McGregor.  Also a product of the soil is Claude McKay the poet from a small district in rural Clarendon.

Like everywhere in Jamaica, the history is endlessly fascinating.  There are old churches and great houses.  Car racing enthusiasts will love the racing at Vernam field and the Woodleigh Dirt Bike Race Track just off the May Pen Bypass.

May Pen has a number of Internet Cafes. Visitors and residents in May Pen who need the services of a professional internet cafe can have all their business needs met at Raycos Internet Cafe located at 2 West Park Avenue off the Glenmuir Main Road or Telephone 1-876-986-7322. 

Like any other developing Town May Pen has all the local amenities for your convenience.

Part or or all of this text stems from the original article at: A. Hanson

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