Jamestown and Usshertown
James Town and Ussher Town are known to be the oldest districts in Greater Accra Metropolitan Area, Ghana so they are often referred to as “Old Accra” or “Ga Mashie”. It is really a pleasure to walk around these towns which emerged around the 17th century.
They hold the remnants of Accra’s colonial past and you will find colonial-era shops and houses as well as Fort James and Fort Ussher which served as prisons before the mid -1990s. These towns are fishing communities inhabited by the Gas.
There is an old fishing harbor on the beach below Fort James which happens to be the second largest harbor in Ghana until the construction of Tema Harbour. There is also a lighthouse in James Town which is 34metres (112 ft) above sea level giving a visibility of about 16 nautical miles (30km) and would get you a great view of the town and the harbor.
To make the walking tour more interesting, visit the locals in their family homes and get to know their rich traditions and culture. You would love it best when you wander these towns with a guide. Taking pictures of people and other things of interest can be done with permission.
Put on your sneakers, a trouser and cutoffs or casual outfit with sunglasses and take a walking tour through the two township because they hold history worthy of visit.
Jamestown is Located directly east of the Korle Lagoon. Shared taxis and “trotro”/mini buses move from Circle station in Accra to James Town, board one and alight in front of the lighthouse.