Mikhail Whitmore, Gleaner Intern
HAGLEY GAP, St Thomas:
RESIDENTS OF Hagley Gap say their rural coffee community has everything but crime. The Blue Mountain Peak is so near to Hagley Gap that its hue blends into the community. Everyone is known by name, which makes strangers, including The Gleaner news team, easily spotted.
Driving into the town square, men line the corners shops like dominoes. They talk about coffee or the latest scandal in the town, while women wash in the river below.
"I don't haffi lock up mi house, I can left it fi 'bout two weeks and people not going to do anything to it," Howie, a short bald-headed resident told The Gleaner. "People only put on grille gate pon dem yard fi fashion."
Euton Rodney, resident of Hagley Gap and assistant director of the Blue Mountain Project, said crime doesn't exist in Hagley Gap because members of his community are very close to each other. He called the members of the community his family.
Sherieka Wright, Jamaica-born medical doctor proclaimed her love for the community, and said it has helped her in many ways.
Residents of Hagley Gap promoted their coffee with pride and adoration, saying the exotic Blue Mountain coffee brought peace and soundness to one's mind.
"Mi originally come from Mountain View. Now mi deh ah Hagley Gap," one resident told The Gleaner. "You nuh see how the place beautiful and pretty man? It's a home away from home."
CAPTION: Getting to Hagley Gap, St Thomas by motor vehicle is a major undertaking, requiring a 4-wheel drive vehicle or bike. Having got there, however, one is impressed by the closeness and the beauty of the Blue Mountains, and is left to wonder about the precarious location of some of the houses, even though the owners have no such concerns. - Photo by Christopher Serju