map is based upon maps from Peoples Temple documents, from descriptions
in the Roller
Journals, and from survivors' remembrances. We welcome
additional details from other former Jonestown residents. (More
descriptions below map. Main source map below as well).
The pavilion (middle
left on map) was the main meeting area. It was an open-air structure
with a stage at one end, benches and chairs for meetings, entertainment
and activities of the whole group together. It was around this
structure that most Jonestown residents died on 18 November
48 cottages in eight
rows of six (upper right of map). Cottages had from 10 to 20
people with combinations of double, triple bunks, and other
beds on a main level. Some cottages had beds for two to
four more people in an upper loft area. Each person had the
wooden locker they brought with them. Each cottage had a porch
and chairs for sitting outside.
(also called apartments) near the main pavilion. Dorm #1 was
for the toddlers and pre-school children. Under Dorm #5 was
an animal refuge for wild animals rescued and being cared for.
There were six cottages called troolies with walls made from woven troolie reeds/leaves. Pop and Luvena Jackson, Lisa Layton and
other seniors stayed here, as did Marceline Jones near the medical
The dining tent,
kitchen and bakery were together next to the road.
The banana stand,
where bananas were hung to ripen, was here too. Behind here
as well was the laundry with washers and driers which used heat from the kitchen to dry things.
Further behind the kitchen area was the vegetable stand for storing, sorting and
preparing fresh foods, the herb
center, a smoke house
and sunken cellar cooler.
West House (lower
middle of map) where Jim Jones and staff stayed.
Several guest cottages
- also referred to as East
House, where Jim Jones first stayed - were further up the
path past the dormitories, just at the middle top of the map.
The radio room was
near the pavilion and tents.
Educational Tents 1
& 2, next to the pavilion, were used for school classes,
as well as housing the library. Tent 2 was at one time called
the Rice Tent where rice was stored and sorted for the kitchen.
The four medical buildings included the doctor's office, infirmary, laboratory and pharmacy. One of the next construction
projects was to build an infirmary with more beds.
Storage and workshops, including the tool shop and garage, saw mill and woodshop, supply, and
warehouse were also
The office was Charlie and
Joyce's cottage with Mr.
Muggs' cage just across the street from it.
There were several bathrooms
and showers to serve
the residences. There were several generator
buildings and wells.
Near the cottages was a basketball
court. The brick
factory and soap factory were in the field below the
not shown on the map on the road in from the Mathews Ridge-Port
Kaituma Road include the piggery, barns with cattle
and horses, and the chickenry, where chickens were raised
for food and to lay eggs. Go here
for weekly agricultural reports to get an idea of production levels
that had been achieved.
the buildings, the cleared land was mostly planted in fields and
orchards, with citrus trees, coffee, mangos, bananas, sweet potatoes,
eddoes, rice, papaya, and vegetable gardens (greens, beans, okra,
cabbage, and more). Several kinds of cassava were also extensively
grown, for example, along the road into Jonestown.
Original Map shown
below. If a better copy or original paper map can be obtained, many
dimensions and detail notes could be read.