11, 1999 Great
job by all hands! Great!
Pat and Colby Stamp: Doug & Mary Heffernan,
July 11/99 Very impressive creation of Bay de Verde’s History and
Jeanie Sutton & Joey Dalton (fr. Admirals Beach)
July 11th, 1999 Madeline
(Hinchey) Grace & Gerald Grace. Visiting birthplace of mother, Mary Louise Riggs.
Staying w/first cousin Gerald Riggs and getting
acquainted and reacquainted w/Gertie, Bride & Andy
impressed w/the Heritage House and the potential for
further interest in assisting Bay de Verde w/tourism.
Madeline Grace. (Visiting from Epsom NH, USA)
July 11, 1999 Great job of
refinishing house and furniture.
Lots of room for more information and exhibits.
I look forward to visiting again in a few years to
see the growth of the collection.
Scholey visiting from Waterloo, ON
July 11/99 Nice Job -
Garry Tobin, SJ
July 12/99 Almost fifty
years I left Bay de Verde.
What a pleasure to see this house.
So knowledgeable, very interesting.
Olive Hamlyn (Blundon)
July 13/99 Great Job!
Keep up the good work.
Jordy & Vera (Frost) Hann, Stayner, Ontario
July 13/99 Excellent
July 13/99 Very Nicely
July 14/99 A wonderful
glad we heard about the Interpretation Centre and we will
tell all we meet about the house.
The videos are expertly done and makes you think
you are on the Island.
We hope to get there one day. Margaret and David
July 15/99 Very impressive.
My first visit to the Heritage House and certainly
did not manage to view it all.
I found it to be very interesting and informative
and I feel it will continue to improve over the next few
and Mary Walsh
July 16, 1999 Wonderful
you had books for sale re Bay de Verde History - Headland
stories, etc. Your guides know their material and do a
good job. Here
searching for ancestors, so enjoyed immensely. Ann and Grey Gooby
July 16/99 Great
of History. Gave us a home (roots) feeling.
Staff really friendly.
Keep up the good work.
Thanks for the history of our home town.
Sadie Emberley (Newhook)
Maxine Emberley (Smith)
17 July 99 A great
representation of our history; our past and our culture,
many of which bring back fond memories of my early
childhood in the Bonavista Peninsula.
A great job that represents excellent community
cooperation and a dedicate effort on behalf of a focused
Congratulations and well done.
Thanks to Gerald for the Tour.Fred Mifflin, M.P.
Bonavista- Trinity Conception Minister of Veterans Affairs
July 17/99 Fascinating home
and history - too bad there isn’t more like it!
Irene Thomson (nee Emberley) Toronto, Ont.
July 17/99 Found it very
interesting and it was a great presentation of the way Bay
de Verde once was.
July 18/99 As a former
resident of Bay de Verde I am so proud to see what a
fantastic job you have done.
I can see that the whole community has contributed
to its success. I
will tell others about this house and about the great
community. Ross Riggs, Norris Arm. A magnificent job by
the whole community to display the rich history of Bay de
community which I will always call “my home”.
Alec Riggs, Etobicoke, ON
July 18/99 Around 1950 I
visited Bay de Verde in the summer. My Aunt Emily Pryor
would meet us in the Post Office.
Our transportation was the Mail truck. Around 7
o’clock in the evening we would arrive here.
She would say its time to fill up the water barrel
with water for tomorrow.
My cousin and I would take the hoop and buckets and
go around the hill to the water hole.
July 18/99 During the
worked in this house as servant girl.
She recalls trying to get the dinning room table
inside but it was too big so Mr. Blundon said:”Annie,
this is going in supposing we got to saw off the legs and
sit on the floor to eat off it”.
July 20/99 Very
Bernice Udall (Emberley)
July 21/99 Joan & Ernie
Kinnersly” - Brother- in- Law of William Emberley. Bill passed away approx. 10 yrs. ago. Heard many stories of
Bay de Verde from Bill. Most interesting. Joan & Ernie
Kinnersly West Hill, ON
July 23/99 To the Town of
Bay de Verde, it is so good to see my heritage as I had
gone from Bay de Verde 50 years August. It is always good
to come home and to be with people that have never
they will never change. To all the people of Bay de Verde,
this is still my home and I love it.
Thanks Clyde Pryor
24 July 99 The best thing
that has happened in Bay de Verde for years is what I
think of this wonderful collection and establishment.
Good job and keep up the good work.
July 25/99 Went through
house, staff very hospitable
everything very interesting.
Brought back many memories from Baccalieu.
Stan & Gertie Walsh
July 28, 1999 Such
enthusiasm and interest is rarely equaled in a community.
It has been a pleasure to work with you and all the
very best for the future.
29 juillet 1999 Je
n’etais pas venue a terre-neuve depuis ma jeune enfance.
C’est la premiere fois que je viens dans oette
petite ville. Les
gens sont tres chaleureux.
J’ai bien aime faire ie tour et regarder dans ce
petit muse. Bonne
chance a vous tous. Tania
July 29, 1999 Very nice to
come back after 37 years.
Taught school (St. Boniface Anglican) in 1961-62.
Remember visiting this house when Graham Blundon
lived here with his parents.
Lots of changes in these 37 years!
Many of the people that I knew are no longer here;
that was disappointing.
Good to see that the house has been preserved.
Lots of history here.
Freeman Pope, Grand Falls/Windsor
July 30/99 It was an
interesting site to see.
Having my parents come from this town makes me
appreciate things more.
Seeing the Blundon family tree was nice being a
Blundon myself. Realizing
how my ancestors lived was an eye opener.
July 30/99 The house was
nicely restored and the exhibits are very interesting. It was nice to be able to contribute to Florence (Blundon)
Cowan’s charts. Betty
(Blundon) Saito(Daughter of Charles Blundon WW1 Veteran,
July 30/99 Very nice re
creation of the History of Bay de Verde.
Selina Courage (Coish)
July 39/99 Left Bay de
Verde in 1944 and still a Newfie.
I visit every summer for a holiday.
I now live in Toronto but there’s no place like
the house became a Heritage House, I spent many hours of
my young days here, with my friend “Ruth” daughter of
Jim Blundon of John.
We are still friends and liver near each other. The
Old House is sure very interesting with all th exhibits
and renovations. See
you all again next year, God willing. Joyce
(Blundon)Vey, (Frank Blundon’s Sister)
August 1/99 What a
beautiful old home! It
is absolutely wonderful to see the historic significance
of this area finally celebrated with pride.
Gillian (Martin) Noonan
August 1/99 Lovely restored
Aug. 1'99 This is really
certainly happy to see these historical places preserved
for our children. Ruth Williams, St. John’s
Aug 1'99 I must
congratulate the Town of Bay de Verde for all the hard
work in getting this project started. It is a magnificent
job! Bridget Noonan St. John’s (BdV)
Aug 2'99 Tres belle,
L’histoire de Terre Neuve.
S. A. Merky Montreal, Qc.
Aug 3'99 What a credit to
the community. It’s
certainly a positive addition to Bay de Verde.
This place has lots to offer.
Michelle (Walsh) Carew
Aug 3'99 An excellent
restoration - show realistically what was.
The young people escorting are knowledgeable and
enthusiastic. Keep it going.- thank you.
Gary & Eileen Shapiro, Chicago, Ill
Aug 4'99 My first time in
Bay de Verde. Beautiful.
My mother was born and raised n this community.
Her name was Mary Riggs.
Her mother’s name was Elizabeth Mulally from
Northern Bay. My
grandfather’s name was Patrick Riggs.
I’m glad I came to check out my roots. p.s.
My wife Michelle and our five children, Josh,
Kelly, Laura, Cody and Nicholas are also with me on this
Aug. 5/99 I remember Bay de
Verde in 1945 when we came over from Old Perlican to visit
Rev. Gill. That
was before they started building the breakwater.
I’ve seen it a few times in the last decade,
always on days with perfect weather - like this.
Lynn Holmes, Ontario
Aug. 5/99 Congratulations
& thank you for preserving and conserving our (Bay de
Dorothy Troop, Nova Scotia
Aug. 05/99 Visited all
around House. Very
to the Town of Bay de Verde.
Wm. J. Squires Calvin & Valerie & Florence
August 6/99 What a
wonderful old house!
There’s obviously been an awful lot of work put
into this by a lot of people. Great Work! Judy
& Dave Hynes Chamberlains,
Aug. 8/99 Thank you for
sharing a bit of your rich heritage with me.
Tina McKinnon, Iqaliut
Aug 10/99 While scanning
this building and noting the wonderful arrangement of
symbols, relative to life in Bay de Verde, it brings back
memories of when I was a boy, but now am a retired
fisherman. Many things I can remember and used while
fishing, but a lot in the 1800's and onward, had been
handed down by our forefathers. Ruth and I visited the
last occupier of this house many time, and helped her
sometimes in the later days of her stay here.
Congratulations to the committee, especially Gerald Riggs
and all who took part in anyway to make this Heritage
House a thriving success for Bay de Verde, Baccalieu and
success, Berkley Sutton
August 11, 1999 A wonder
experience going through this heritage house and learning
about the history of Bay de Verde , Baccalieu Island, etc.
We thank you for your efforts to preserve this
Lee Vancouver, BC
Aug 11/99 George Jenner
visiting brother Ed Jenner who lives on Tavernor’s Road.
This is an excellent museum.
Thanks to the staff who were most helpful and
friendly and knowledgeable.
Hope that doesn’t change.
Aug 13/99 Very impressed by
this wonderful Heritage Home.
Certainly a lot of hard work!
Memories galore of our wonderful culture.
Aug 13, 1999 It is very
gratifying to see the history of Bay de Verde and NF in
general displayed in such an impressive and comprehensive
father, Donald Barter, would have been impressed and moved
by the community’s effort to maintain their heritage. Sharon (Barter) Trenholm
13 Aug 1999 Bravo pour le
travail accompli pour montrev et garder en memoire la vie
de cette communacite.
Qu’est Bay de Verde. Merci pour l’accucip et
Aug 13/99 Very historical
Aug 14/99 A community’s
history and culture are what defines its people and shapes
its identity. The
value of a heritage house such as this is as much for
educating, preserving and presenting the heritage of a
town to its citizens as much as to visitors.
In working at the Blundon House as interpreter for
the last 6 weeks, I have developed an even deeper
appreciation of Bay de Verde’s heritage and history and
I hope I have been able to encourage an interest in
Newfoundland history in general and Bay de Verde history
in particular in visitors to our town.
There is as much or more history in the Bay de
Verde area as in any region of Newfoundland and the Bay de
Verde Heritage house will help to keep it fresh in peoples
minds. All the best in the future.
April 14/99 It has been a
privilege to be a student interpreter for the Blundon
House this summer. I am very proud and excited to say that
over the past six weeks, I have met many nice and friendly
who are really interested in Newfoundland history, which
makes it much more enjoyable to speak to them about the
history of the Blundon House and Bay de Verde in
am grateful I got the chance to educate tourists about the
history of my home town.
Not only did they gain knowledge of Bay de Verde,
but so did I from many local residents.
I really enjoyed working here this summer and wish
you much success in the future.
Aug 15/99 I have played in
this house as a young child.
O what memories.
What a beautiful job.
My thanks to all who have worked so hard.
Effie Baker (Walter Norris oldest daughter ON)
Aug 15/99 What a blessing
to be able to walk through this house again.
It sure brought back memories.
Thank you again for sharing your heritage again.
Alma Critch Stella Oliver, Frazier Oliver
Aug 15, 1999 We are really
happy that Randy & Madonna Coish told us to go to Bay
de Verde to see their beautiful village.
What a wonderful surprise.
The museum is excellent, the displays very
truly enjoyed it. The
guide Carl Riggs really knows about the heritage of Bay de
Theresa & Jack Turpin
Penn Valley, Calif.
August 17, 1999 Hello from
the oldest son of Frank Coish, who left Bay de Verde in
1948 with his wife, Anna McLeavy of
Rutherglen, Scotland, to live in New Bedford,
is where I was born.
It’s a great experience for me to come back here
and me so many relatives and friends after being out of
touch for many years.
It’s a beautiful house, in a fascinating part of
the world. I
hop to be back soon.
Tom Coish P.O.
Box 127 Montague, Mass.
Aug. 18, 1999 Just home for
a rest, back in Bay de Verde for a couple of weeks. This is my first time here at the Heritage House.
This is very impressive.
It’s good to have a glimpse back into the past
every now and then.
Aug. 19/99 Impressive,
survival through tough times.
Impressive record keeping for others to enjoy
through the ages. Hopefully
the young in the area & visitors will take the example
in-laws in New Chelsea.
Aug. 20, 1999 I have just
spent 5 months exploring Canadian Culture, life &
history and this beautiful house typifies everything that
people love about Nfld and its history.
Thank you. Danielle Girian, London, England
Aug 20th/99 A marvelous
account of the historic events related to this building
and the village over many years.
Brave and industrious women and men!
All honour to them! Charles Bainbridge,
Aug 21st/99 We’re
fortunate to have visited Bay de Verde and this historic
house. Lovely restoration! Kindly
guide, Carl Riggs, opened an hour early for us.
have enjoyed our visit to Nfld as we did last year mostly
because of the PEOPLE! Warm regards fro NYC. Elizabeth V.
Aug. 22/99 It has
been a privilege to revisit the homestead.
Being a grand daughter of James Blundon and
daughter of Alfred B. Blundon, I spent many happy moments
in this house & walking through today gave me time to
reminisce childhood and those special times spent here.
Wonderful job with the restoration!
August 24, 1999 Congratulations
on a great job of keeping your past alive.
What a great old house - best wishes for the future
and continuing your work.
Camilla (Thomey) Payue!
Sept. 9th, 1999 Just
over from England to Nfld. for our first visit. We have found it a lovely country, so much to see of interest
and we feel quite at home here.
It’s a lovely house you can see it was lived in.
Thank you for the tour.
Sept 12/99 Visited the
Blundon House with my mother, Nellie Diamond (nee Emberley). She was born here in Bay de Verde in 1917 and could remember
visiting this house as a child.
She was so pleased that she had the opportunity to
relive the memories.
We (mom, my sister Patsy Tremlett & her husband
Eric) also visited my mom’s cousin, Tom Eady. Looking forward to a visit again next year. Super job.
Congratulations to those who put so much time and
effort into making this a reality! Kay Young
Sept. 12/99 Visited the
Blundon House with our 2 children.
They were really interested in the pictures and
older beds upstairs.
They said the bunk beds were so different from
was really interesting to look at.
The pictures put the real touch to things.
Michelle, Warren, Rodney & Randy Cable, Foxtrap, Nfld.
Sept. /99 Was nice to visit
in Sept and still be able to visit the house and exhibit.
Everything here just seems to get better all the
as a result of good dedicated people.
The highlight of the summer for me was the time
spent on this exhibit. Keep it up! Warmest
Sept, 1999 A tremendous
job. We were
particularly impressed with Sim Lockyer models in the
workmanship and they clarify the rest of the fishing
exhibit. The house itself is an excellent job.
Particular thank you for staying open in September.
N. & Carol Campbell
Sept. 18/99 Being born in
Bay de Verde and a former resident, I was very impressed
with the house. To
visit and tour the house, has brought back many wonderful
treasured memories. Those
who erected this project and are continuing with the
operating of it are to be given a lot of credit.
I, Isabel Sutton was born and raised here.
My husband, Ronald Gosse, born in Corner Brook,
whom I met and married in Toronto in 1954, along with my
two daughters, Cynthia and Brenda, visited here the first
year of opening. It
has definitely been our highlight of our vacation.
Again congratulations to all who have been and are
involved in this project and to all who have donated their
time and belongings.
Isabel Gosse (Sutton),
Ronald Gosse, Cynthia Fosse, Brenda Payton
Sept. 20/99 Very
interesting - enjoyed the information.
Muriel & Nick Schrader,
- whole Island out of this world.
Annmarie Kavanagh R.Brown
Sept 20/99 Wonderful!
Gerry & Mae Hall (nee Noonan)
Gene & Rita Fredenberg Cottage
Sept 28/99 We quite enjoyed
our visit and had coffee and a talk.
I appreciate your opening your house and lifestyle
to us visitors. Thank
you all! Mike & Sandy Burgen,
Sept. 28/99 We quite
enjoyed the tour given by Judy.Very informative. Thank
you. Todd Hiscock & Alma Herring Calgary, Alberta
Sept. 28/99 Wonderful.
Judy was very informative about everything.
Mr. & Mrs. Joshua Hiscock, Victoria
Sept. 30/99 Beautiful Home
and beautiful Town.
First tourist up Heritage Walk (The Spring) Brian
& Susan Lahey, Ottawa
Nov. 13, 1999 A national
treasure in a picture perfect community.
Mel F, Fairhaven
November 13, 1999 Today we
started on a journey, a search for a friend of a friend to
find his family, his heritage which led us to Bay de
with Gerald Riggs, here at Blundon House, we found the
link to the birth family of Charles Giblin of South-New
Newfoundland has surfaced as the beginning to a wonderful
Eric & Heather Hiscock, formerly of New Perlican, now
resident oF St. Philips, Nfld. We look forward to taking
this gentleman & his family back to his roots in the
not too distant future and share with him in person his
wonderful heritage and this wonderful community &
June 11, 2000 Back home for
a holiday. The
weather could be a little less windy, but its what I
exhibits & artifacts are spectacular. Gerald Riggs
showed us around and gave an explanation of the house and
job. I’ll be sure to stop in again when I come back.
Corey Broaders, BDV
July 2, 2000 I am the
daughter of William Emberley here visiting with my family.
I’m very impressed by this house. What heritage you
July 3, 2000 My name is
Laura Douglas. I
am visiting with my family from St. John’s.
My mon was born here.
This is a great house!
It makes you feel like time went back.
July 3/00 I grew up in Bay
de Verde and I have spent a few years away from the
always knew that Bay de Verde had a lot of heritage but to
be able to let everybody else see it in this house is just
is a great place and a wonderful feeling when I come in
here. Andrea Broaders
July 3, 2000 It is a piece
of history that is being lost.
Don’t let this go, it is great and educational.
Dan Fiola, Drayton Valley, Alberta
5 juillet 2000 I want to live here. Gregoire – Montreal
Christine Chabot - Ste. Adele, Quebec
July 5, 2000 Thank you for
the kind tour, Debby. Best wishes. Chris Hyde
July 5, 2000 A very
interesting tour. Tour
Guide made tour very interesting and educational.
July 7/2000 Very
P. Noonan, Gander
July 8/2000 Had a very good
brought back some great memories and the town is very
Brian & Helen Henstridge, Fort McMurray, Alberta
July 9, 2000 Wonderful
visit, brought back lots of memories from my childhood
days. Martha (Blundon) Jones, Whitbourne Legion Home,
July 9, 2000 Very
interesting visit, lots of changes in 30 years.
Margaret Jones, St. John’s
July 9, 2000 Really enjoyed
my visit! The
students were excellent and so helpful.
B. Davis, Nevada, USA
July 9, 2000 Many memories,
wonderful collection of history. Don & Janet (Riggs)
July 9/00 This building
houses the past, present and future identify of Bay de
Verders and Newfoundlanders.
It does not try to keep static the distant past but
it encompasses an entire century of change.
I hope that its collections reflect the state of
Bay de Verde in the future because it is a reflection of a
place where one can understand the people of Bay de Verde.
July 10/00 Memories of my
fathers shoe repair shop were brought to mind by your
you for your warm and generous hospitality.
Rhodes & Rosemary Kellegrew, Dartmouth, Nova
July 10/00 Really enjoyed
my visit, especially the old photographs.
July 16th/00 This house is
is great to have place like this in our area.
A lot of hard work has gone into this.
I hope you keep getting more donations to make it
Gert & Donna Nel
July 17/00 Took some
visitors here and they enjoyed this house very much.
Chris Mullaly, Northern Bay
July 17/00 Wow!
Amazing history and the knowledge of the staff if
learned more about the community with the few hours spent
touring the house with Carl than I may have ever known
just having walked thru on my own.
Keep it going and God bless.
Elizabeth DeSilva, Cherry Valley, Ont.
July 17/00 Very interesting
and beautiful. It
heart warming to see another sort of heritage being
preserved so well. Cathy Rose & Philip Caul, Stephenville, Nfld
July 17/00 Everything is
really enjoyed the visit.
The staff were really good to us. Evelyn & Nick
Snelgrove, Thomas & June Whiteway
July 19, 2000 Very
interesting tour. Beautiful
July 19/00 This is a
fabulous undertaking by the people of Bay de Verde.
July 20/00 Reg and Cyril
Lanning and wives Jenny and Sandra.
Dot is our aunt and this is an exciting piece of
history. We are so pleased that this house was saved.
You have done a beautiful job.
Dot must be so proud of the work you have done.
We extend our thanks to you.
July 20, 2000 A flash
from the past, very interesting, like going back to
my childhood days.
Kay Noonan, Stephenville
July 20/00 A touch of the
old to blend with the new
- a mirror into the past. Breathtaking.
Hynes, Port au Port
July 21/00 Very interesting
- reminder of the past.
July 21/00 What a great
for the tour and congratulations on your fine display of
July 23/00 Very impressive.
So glad to see the history of this settlement
assembled in this grand old home.
July 23/00 Very impressed
with the visit. The
History is very informative.
George Slade, Patsy Slade & Melvina Butt
July 25/00 Great place.
We could smell the twine loft before walking in the
back lots of memories.
Very impressive work, very detailed.
Trudy & Thomas Quinlan, Bradford, Ont.
July 27/00 This is a very
nice place. Some
of my relatives lived here. Jardan Ilnicki
July 28/00 We really
enjoyed the house and the area.
I found the family tree very interesting.
Marie & David Alderman
July 28/00 Bay de Verde can
be proud of this slice of history.
I remember visiting this home when my aunt lived
here. I enjoyed reading about the history of my family and Bay de
Verde. Wendy Blundon-Ilnicki
28/00 It is
very nice to see and interesting.
July 29/00 The house was
very well laid out. We
enjoyed the tour and the guide was very friendly and
July 29/00 The house was
beautiful and nice. I
loved the baby crib. Maggie Murphy
July 29/00 Very well done.
Ms. Blundon did a great job of touring us through
Jane O’Toole, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
July 30/00 Very impressive
- every community should have such a place, as every
community has a history to be passed on for knowledge of
future generations. Pat & Lem Anthony Trinity
July 31/00 Very impressive
with the history of this house - stayed in this house with
daughters Eleanor Blundon and Ruth Blundon back in 1942.
I donated a Nfld. Seal Coat to this museum today.
Norma Bursey Chapman, Houston, Texas
July 31, 2000 The attic
reminded me of my grandfather’s twine loft where he used
to mend his cod nets.
My grandfather was William H. Bursey from Old
Perlican, Trinity Bay.
He fished for cod from 1904 - 1958.
Deborah Chapman (Norma Bursey’s Daughter,
August 1, 2000 It is
wonderful and well kept up.
The children were very interested and excited to
see the old ways. Brenda & Neil Trickett & kids Carbonear,
August 2/2000 The house is
There are so many things I learned.
Keep it open to the public for years to come.
I’ll be sure to send more people down.
Colleen McDonald, Riverhead, NF
August 4th/00 The house is
has a way of making me proud to know that such care has
gone into preserving the history of this community.
I hope you will see many visitors in the years to
come. I will
be back and bring friends as time permits.
Denise G. Brownsdale
August 4/00 The house
brings back many memories from my childhood visits to
Nfld. It is a great source of past history. It is wonderful to see it is being restored. Gloria Christe,
Cambridge, Ma. Tommy Oliver - Gull Island
August 5/2000 Sister Monica
Woodrow formerly of Bay de Verde entered the Presentation
Convent in 1940 February 11, and now living in Witless Bay
Presentation of the Holy Spirit and will be 86 September
August 5/2000 We have never
been to Nfld. before but this is very informative, food
good and guides very good, friendly and kind.
Thank you for making us at home.
Tom & Jackie Heurtson
August 5/00 Wonderful to
see the history of Bay de Verde.
I remember being in this house many years ago.
My grandparents lived next door.
Dot Duggan Power
August 5/00 I didn’t know
how beautiful this house was.
Walking past this house as a child you just think
of it as a ordinary house like all the rest but to come
inside and walk through it is amazing to see how beautiful
really is even if it wasn’t done the way it is today. An excellent job has been done here to preserve part of our
it be here for many more years to come.
Aug 6/2000 Beautiful
heritage house. Enjoyed
the tour very much. Everything
Calvin & Sophie White, Western Bay
Aug. 6/00 Very interesting
& Shirley Balsom, Corner Brook
Aug 06/00 Very beautiful
& interesting heritage home.
Balsom Corner Brook
Aug. 9/00 Very nicely done!
Rev. Glennis Smith, Burin
Aug. 9/00 It is nice to
come home and see a part of my heritage expressed so
Robin (Smith) Heiseer, Honolulu, Hawaii
Aug 11/00 Bill and Donna
Benson, Calgary, Alberta
Aug 11/00 Excellent museum. Please
advertise- this is something I/we truly appreciate.
B&B would do well - I/we would like to stay a
few days in town. Bird
tours, too. Enjoyed
the professional staff. Rob
& Janie Frank, Brampton, Ontario
Aug. 11, 2000 History &
antiquity is very well preserved. Ted, Wilmington, Ma, USA
Aug. 12, 2000 The most
interesting part of our visit was the personal and
informative tour. I
had hoped to visit Baccalieu Island, but was glad to learn
something about it and
the local history here.
Please continue to have local folks explain your
Grace Taylor Bracebridge, Ont
Aug 13/00 Great!
Sara Morris Mount Pearl
Phyllis Adams, Old Perlican
Aug 13/00 Well organized,
good detail, enjoyed seeing this snap shot of our past. Good work to all involved. Jessie
Aug 13/2000 Quite
to the many people who made this possible.
Tryphena Greene, Western Bay
Aug 13,2000 Interesting,
Guneet, Manjit, Kathy, Eva, Bob
Aug. 14/00 Interesting
history - nice to see!
Keep it up!
Joseph T. Jacob South
Aug 16/00 Enjoyed my visit
very much! Jacqueline Hudson, Toronto, Ontario
Aug. 16/00 Very interesting
& informative. Violet Seymour, Eastport, Nfld
Aug 16/00 A trip back in
time. Clarice Decker, Eastport,
Aug. 16/00 I found this
visit very interesting and very well put together.
It is very nice to be able to look back at this
history of Bay de Verde.
I enjoyed it very much.
Madonna Broaders, River Bourgeois, Nova Scotia
Aug 17/00 We took a boat
trip to Baccalieu with Clyde Hyde.
Saw all the auks, fulnow, and Great Sooty and Manx
Shearater - great trip.
August 17/00 This heritage
home and display is a wonderful testament to the strength
and wisdom of the people of days past.
Aug. 20/00 This was my
first visit to this unique house and I was impressed on
its structure and style.
A site to behold. When one can see a house such as this been kept up so well,
make one proud. Bay
de Verde you have something in your community to be very
Winston & Joan Trickett Fond lovers of older houses.
Aug 20/00 It’s wonderful
that so much of Bay de Verde history has been assembled
love to see more of this in other communities.
Michael, St. John’s
Aug 20/00 Very interesting
and well done exhibit.
So nice to see strong community interest in
preserving historic way of life and making it available to
Linda Austin Whitby, Ontario
Aug 24/00 This is an
excellent way to show and tell of the history of this
close knit community.
Now that we’ve visited the house, we will have a
greater knowledge of the community as friends tell us
stories about Bay de Verde.
& Lola Stevens Nova Scotia
Aug. 26/00 You’ve done a
wonder job in sharing the history of the community with
lived in Bay de Verde from 1956 - 59.
I still love the place. Max Batten
Aug. 27/00 Enjoyed our
brought back memories of days when we were young living in
Bay de Verde. Very
nicely done. Muriel (Coish) Doyle Selina (Coish) Courage
Aug. 27/00 For the past six
weeks I have been acting as a student interpreter for the
Heritage House and Baccalieu Island exhibit.
When I started I really did not know a lot about
the history of the house, so as I relayed information to
tourists and as they provided feedback to me, I am walking
away with a lot of knowledge of the Blundon House and
Baccalieu Island. So
not only was this a learning experience for the tourists,
it has educated me in a sense I never really appreciated.
The history of Bay de Verde and the national and
international significance of Baccalieu Island were not
such a priority to me as it should have been, but after
working here, I am amazed at just how extensive and
impressive Bay de Verde’s heritage is.
To have the pleasure to meet and converse with so
many visitors both fare and near and to see how much of an
impact the house, the island and Bay de Verde has on
people, it has opened my eyes and shown me how proud one
should be to descent from Bay de Verde and to care.
It has been a pleasure.
Thanks for the cappachinos!
Sept. 8/00 A drop in visit
with Ann Weldon’s brother brought us to this interesting
little house. A
wonderful trip back in history.
Thanks to the Blundons for bringing us here.
Dot & Chuck Bourgeois and Mary Pou?
Dec. 02/00 My association
with Bay de Verde began some 50 years ago when I came to
spend the summer with the Frosts, Uncle Frank, Aunt
Winnie, Earl and Hilda. First impressions are lasting.
I have been saying for 50 years that Bay de Verde
people are the most down to earth, friendly people I have
ever had the privilege to meet.
It is indeed a pleasure to be here today as a guest
of the Town and the Heritage Group.
You are to be congratulated on your efforts to
conserve and promote your rich heritage and culture.
Keep up the good work for the benefit of your
children, the Town and the Province.
Eric Jerrett, CM. Chairman
Baccalieu Trail Heritage Corporation
June 19, 2000 This Heritage
House makes me feel proud of my heritage, culture and
congratulate the people of Bay de Verde who were so
dedicated to its construction and preservation.
I will return and bring others. Thank you for
preserving our culture and sharing it with others.
June 19/01 Great to see our
heritage kept alive.
Keep up the good work.
Tony & Erin Lockyer
July 2/01 A truly first
class restoration and collection of local history.
A tribute to all those involved.
Very impressed. Rick Waters, Bunburg Wesr, Australia
July 13/01 Your exhibit is
as inspiring as it is information.
It is indeed an outstanding measure of work and
pride. For those of us who have left this beautiful island, it is
restorative to the soul to visit and reflect in such a
place as this. God
Bless you all. Donna
& Brian Lockyer, London, ON
July 14/01 My stepmom and I
are going on the Bay de Verde trail and we love your
exhibit, but the smell!! It’s very interesting.
Good luck in the future.
July 14/01 Very
July 6/01 Patsy J.
to see our history kept so well.
July 04/01 My mother, Mary
Emberley was born here and married my father Phil Barrett
of Old Perlican and moved to Sarnia, Ontario in 1949.
I’ve been here in 1968, 1969 and last in 1978.
It’s great to be back.
Douglas C. Barrett, Norwood, Ontario
July 7/01 Mabel Snow, Bay
Roberts Betty Jerrett, Bay Roberts Heritage Society
July 08/01 Helene &
Yvon Vaillancourt Napierville, QC
July 10/01 Wonderful place
to visit. Very
interesting. Melaine Mercer, Shearstown
July 10, 2001 I love it
building is beautifully kept and the history is priceless.
Keep up the good work! Rebecca Mercer,Shearstown
July 10, 2001 This house is
very interesting and tells me a lot about my history.
Angie Oliver, Gull Island
July 11/2001 Wonderful
preservation and display of Newfoundland history and
is a real credit to the community and the province as a
Doreen Neville, St. John’s, Nfld
July 12/01 Indeed a real
credit to the Historic Society for the amazing work. Good
luck and may this project be a blessing to your community.
Gordon & Ruby White, St. John’s, NF
July 12/01 Wonderful
presentation and display of Nfld. History - House and
artifacts very impressive; indeed a real credit to the
Historic Society and people of this community.
Keep up the good work.
God Bless. Murray and Stella Evans, St. John’s
July 14/01 It was beautiful
and very interesting. Chantal
Frenette, St. John’s
July 14/01 It was wonderful
and very nice. I
loved all the old stuff. Kaylan Norman
July 14/01 I loved the
old things and thought it was very interesting. Candace Simms
July 14/01 This exhibit was
very interesting. I
really like the old antiques and I lived the old piano. Cassandra Simms
July 14/01 This is a
wonderful and interesting old house and very nice place to
come and visit.
July 14/01 What can I say!
Preserving our heritage is very important.
Thanks to the Heritage Committee and the people of
July 14/01 Hats off to the
Heritage Society for recognizing the importance of
preserving our past.
Mary Murphy & Diana English
July 19/01 Visited
Baccalieu in 1965 as a young RCMP Officer (23373) to
investigate the fire which destroyed one of the light
A. DeJong, Bradford, Ontario, Canada
July 20/01 Fascinating!
Being a lighthouse keeper was some way to make a
don’t thing I could stand the isolation.
Thank you for sharing this home with us.
Jansen Toronto, Ont.
July 20/01 Irene Norris,
Joyce Cooper and Marcel Johnston, all from Grates Cove and
friends of John, Jim and Edmund Ryan of Baccalieu (and
Mary Ryan) Irene Norris - sister in law of John Ryan -
John married Kathleen Norris, daughter of John Francis
Norris, Grates Cove and Alice Maude White of Low Point.
Mary Ryan and Edmund Ryan never married and still
live in Scarborough, Ont.
21 juillet 01 Gem de la place tres recevants. Endroit charmant. A
conserver pour les futures generations.
Margo et Pierre Gauthier, Gatineau, Quebec
July 21/01 Enjoyed revisit
my grandfather’s home.
Sp proud to see my dad’s war collection on
display (A.B. Blundon)
- he would be so pleased to have known his war
memorabilia is now on display in the Blundon Heritage
House. Cavell Blundon Vey
July 21/01 Enjoyed visiting
my uncle’s home. Everything
brought back memories.
Saw my brother’s pictures.
Everything was so beautiful. Florence Noble (Blundon)
July 25/01 Newfoundland
must preserve its heritage.
Much of it has been destroyed.
The people and government must change their
thinking about fish all the time and encourage tourism.
Newfoundland is a jewel waiting to be discovered by
God bless Newfoundland.
July 30/01 Thoroughly
enjoyed visiting the community where my grandmother Ellen
O’Neil Kennedy came from many years ago.
I grew up listening to my father’s stories of his
summer visits to Bay de Verde as a child.
It’s wonderful to see the rich heritage
should all check our attics and basements to donate to
Heritage Homes such as this.
Thank you so much.
Pat Kennedy Mount Pearl, NF
July 31/01 Calvin, Edna,
Christine & Travis Blundon (great, great, great
grandchild of John Blundon) have really enjoyed our visit
to the Heritage House today!
Aug 01/01 This is a very
Tran Kao, Taiwa
Aug 01/2001 A lovely home
and fascinating historic town.
Thanks to the great tour guide!
Aug. 4/01 Enjoyed our visit
to Heritage Days Celebrations today.
Great hospitality from all the staff!
Calvin, Edna & Travis Blundon
Aug. 6/01 Very enjoyable
job done in this historic property.
Gerry & Roxanne Daley, Mt. Pearl
Aug 12/01 Nice look back in
Keith O’Brien, Halifax
Aug. 12/01 A very fine job!
Very well done.
Really enjoyable visit.
Philip & Bonnie Sheppard
Aug. 12/01 It’s great to
see the history of communities preserved.
Bay de Verde should be proud of this historic site.
Hayward & Denise Blade
Aug 16/01 Albert Scott
visiting from Nova Scotia today with his wife.
Alfred was born on March 24th, 1919 and
went overseas during World War 11 where he met comrades
James Barter, Harrison Riggs, Charles Emberley and Leonard
Scott is the uncle of Julie (Scott) Noonan.
For years the Canadian government thought Mr. Scott
had died in action overseas until Mr. Scott informed them
that he is very much alive.
Mr. Scott is now 83 years old and resides in
Bridgewater, N.S. with his wife.
Aug 21/01 Audrey and
Bradley Tuck visiting from Hants Hr.
Beautiful place, had a great time!
Aug. 29/01 Bob Lutsky who
cycled to Bay de Verde from Youngstown, Ohio, 2 months
time. I feel
like this community offers what a lot of people only dream
of - peace and security in a healthy and majestic setting
with the finest kind of people.
Aug. 30/01 Amazing history
and beautifully restored - truly worth visiting.
Mary Barrett, Ontario
Aug 30/01 Very interesting. Good
Howard, Corner Brook
Aug 30/01 Very good and
Howard, Corner Brook
Aug 30/01Very interesting - just amazing to admire all the wonderful
Teresa (Howard) Lee
Aug. 30/01 This is my
second summer working here at Blundon House and this time
around I appreciate it all the more.
Never before have I actually realized how small
this world really is.
It is truly unbelievable how many tourists have
connections here in Bay de Verde.
Undoubtedly there is something that draws them
back. Just to
see the expressions on peoples faces and to converse with
them tells me just how much I’ve taken for granted or
have become very much interested in “the way it was”
here in Bay de Verde.
I often wonder if the older people of Bay de Verde
realize and appreciate how different this town is today
and I think it mut be nice to reminisce of years ago. Working here has established a sense of pride and joy in me -
in that I grew up here and I am a part of what so many
people from all over the world merely dream of.
This summer job taught me more than most any other
course I have taken or will take in the future.
Stepping into this house is like stepping back in
time - it’s nice!
Debbie Blundon, Summer Student Interpreter
Sept 02/01 Beautifully
restored - amazing history.
Well worth visiting.
Evelyn Brushett, Dartmouth, N.S.
Sept 07/01 What a wonderful
way to preserve the artifacts and history of Bay de Verde.
Without this house and the people who volunteered
their time and efforts, a lot of these artifacts would get
lost with time. It
is very heartwarming to me that so many people of this
community are represented and that their grandchildren
will be able to look back and appreciate the work of their
grandparents. I am very interested in visiting the
Heritage house every year and viewing new exhibits and
revisiting the old ones. Much luck in future endeavours.
Bridget Riggs Redmond
Sept 10/01 An excellent way
of studying our ancestors.
Really enjoyed the history of my family. Would love
to bring my children here someday.
Eva Blundon Jones (Daughter
of Oliver Blundon)
Oct. 5/01 As I sit here at
the lovely table in the Dining Room of Blundon House, I
feel as if I’m transported back in time.
Every “thing” is just wonderful.
What a great job on restoration has been done, an
asset to our Newfoundland Heritage!
Well Done to all and sundry!
June 14/02 To drive the
lovely “Baccalieu Train” was breathtaking.
We are enjoying every minute of the strong Nfld.
Culture and history.
Nfld. is a true travel destination.
Keep up the excellent tourism work.
It’s your finest asset. Shirley Campbell-Hawes
June 25/02 Enjoyed
the old fashioned view, excellent.
Also the outside view.
June 25/02 The Heritage
House was an excellent way to learn our history!
I am having an excellent time.
June 25/02I love the house. It’s
so nice. I
wish I could live in a cool place like this.
I absolutely adored the view from the little
window. Very beautiful scenery.
I’d love to come back sometime to visit!
June 25/02 Very
interesting, enjoyed myself!
Great way to learn about your ancestors and
June 25/02 The Heritage
House was very beautiful and a great way to learn about
The scenery in this community is also very
June 25/02 Charming House!
Well kept up and worth the visit.
Enjoyed the Family Tree and all the history. Thanks
and keep up the good work.
Torrie George, St. John’s, NF
June 25/02 Very interesting
look back into the past.
A nice mixture of history and look at domestic
fascinating was the exercise books (dated 1960) that gives
you a real glimpse at education of the time.
(Gets better every year with each new addition).
Julia Bursey George, St. John’s, Nfld.
June 27/02 This is the
best, most organized and informative museum I have ever
been in - in Europe, Canada or the States.
So interesting, the books with the cross
referencing is an incredible bonus.
We leave here with answers to all our questions and
lots of incredible information. Thank you so much for your efforts.
Ginny Marshall & Family
June 27/02 What a beautiful
enjoyed looking around.
I wonder what it would be like to live here all
those years ago?
This is the first time I’ve seen a servants
quarters. Great job, loved our visit here.
Keep up the good work.
June 27/02 I am really
impressed by this beautiful house and how strongly built
it is. It
brings me back to my childhood days.
Beautiful work. Beautiful place.
June 29/02 I am Hilary
Clarke (13 years old).
I am living in Pennsylvania right now.
I thought that it was really neat here.
Too bad my friends couldn’t visit here.
Thanks, Hilary Clarke
July ½ I am Jerome Howard
of Daniels Cove, born there August 20, 1919.
I spent several years of my life as a school
principal in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia.
After studying Commerce at Dalhousie in Halifax and
spending four years in work and study with a firm of
charter accountants in Truro and Picton, N.S., I entered
the public field under a license from the Charter
Accountants Association of Canada.
I have worked as a R.C.A. for 57 years.
During my life I have visited many museums, etc,
but I have not seen any more interesting than this one
“The Blundon of Bay de Verde’s Heritage House.
May God bless those who established it and give
long life and happiness to the young intelligent girls and
manager who now operate it. Thanks to all of you for your help.
2002 I love Bay de Verde
because there is a lot of things to do and there is a lot
2002 This Heritage House
has taught me a lot about my ancestry.
For instance I never knew that my great uncle was
in the Arm Forces. You
really did a great job with the house.
July 17/02 Thanks for the
learned a lot of new stuff about long ago.
July 17/02 This house
taught me a lot about the Blundon family.
July 17/02 The Bay de Verde
Heritage House has thought me a lot about nature. Keshia
July 22/02 This Heritage
House taught me a lot of things.
We have a lot of fun here.
Sometimes I look at the pictures.
We have Heritage Day that is very fun.
I learned a lot about the Heritage House.
I love Bay de Verde.
July 26/02 This is a
wonderful tourist attraction.
I loved the old fashioned artifacts.
It is great to learn more about our culture through
heritage. I love Bay de Verde.
Sincerely, Justine Howard, Daniels Cove
July 26/02 Bay de Verde
July 26/02 It was a good
house looks cool.
July 29/02 Congratulations
to all who took part in gathering, researching and
displaying the history of Bay de Verde.
Brings back a lot of memories.
Elizabeth (Noonan) Graham Linda (Noonan) Hearn
July 29/02 Really
interesting and an insight into past history and it way of
life. Craig & Angela (Blundon) Sheppard
Aug.01/02 Very interesting.
Shows Newfie history well!!
Loads of info!
Great job! Julia
Clarke, Topsail, C.B.S.
Aug 2nd/02 Great tour great
Bradley (Granddaughter of John Ryan of Baccalieu)
Aug 02/02 A wonderful piece
of history – it’s like walking through the past!
I have an especially soft spot for Baccalieu as I
am the daughter of John Ryan - seeing his picture with my
Aunt Mary, Uncle Jim and Uncle Edmund was very moving.
I applaud the work everyone has put into making
this truly a “Heritage House”. With the most humble
Aug 02/02 A wonderful walk
through history - it was great to see where the wonderful
Ryans of Scarborough, Ontario, hailed from - an equal
treat to be visiting the heritage house with the daughter
and granddaughter of John Ryan of Baccalieu.
Very well displayed items and very informative
Joanne McArthur& Maeve McArthur,Toronto,
Aug. 03/02 Cassandra and
Danielle Powell, Goose Bay, Labrador
Helen Doyle, Grates Cove
Aug. 03/02 Awesome Home!
Awesome tour. Thanks for hospitality.
and Judy LeClair Tignish, P.E.I.
Aug 03/02 This house looks
a lot different thirty years ago when I visited Aunt Dot.
It’s beautiful. Sure wish she was here.
Aug. 05/02 The Tour was the
really liked it. Jenna
Aug. 05/02 I liked it a
Aug. 05/02 Amazing piece of
worth the trip. I
applaud the people of Bay de Verde to keep a great piece
of history alive today.
“1st Class all the Way”
Chris Blundon “Grandson of Oliver P. Blundon”
Aug 05/02 Really
interesting place. A
Aug 06/02 A wonderful
history lesson of the life of a fisherman of Bay de Verde.
Shirley Mississauga, Ont.
Aug 6/02A beautiful place. Would
love to stay here for a night.
Lily Sellars, Western Bay
Aug 6/02 I really liked the
Emily Wolff, Jorden Webber
Aug. 06/02 One of the best
exhibits we have ever seen, very well presented, very
B. Best/ F. Spaffed
Aug 08/02 Very well
illustrated and documented.
Loved the servants quarters and photographs,
especially the models. Ann & Ruth Barrett
Aug. 09/02 A beautiful
piece of Newfoundland.
You are very lucky indeed!
Harry E. Bares Toronto, ON
Aug. 10/02 Here with (13)
people from Taiwan. Betty Ann Brekka, Halifax, N.S.
Aug. 10/02 Very Nice. Enjoyed.
Edgar & Doris Dawe Stead & Marjorie Ollengham
Long Pond & Seal Cove, C.B.S.
Aug. 10/02 Outstanding
exhibit, very informative.
Thanks so much.
The Kettles of Eweismore
Aug 10/02 Very Impressive.
Aug 11/02 Nice house!
Aug 11/02 Wonder job of
restoration and exhibits!
Really interesting and so well done.
Everett & Cindy Green, Gander, NF.
Aug 12/02 Very beautifully
back a lot of memories.
Mary & Kevin Walsh Marystown, Nfld
Aug 17/02 I am amazed at
how much I have learned in the past seven weeks working
here as a student interpreter.
I believe this is one of the best summer jobs a
person could ask for.
I have really enjoyed meeting every person as they
walk through the door to take a trip down memory lane or
to explore the unknown past.
Aug 17/02 A truly
wonderful, living and ongoing restoration that everyone in
Bay de Verde and in Newfoundland can take great pride in.
Keep up the great work and preservation.
Bill and Janet Montevecchi
Aug 18/02 This is a wonderful exhibit of your area.
My husband and I have traveled the entire perimeter
of Nfld. this summer and find this heritage house to be
the best overall representation of your community. Well
Done! The Frenches, Tillsonburg, ON
Aug 19/02 A most striking
community and a great restoration of this heritage home
with its informative exhibits. The Andersons, Simcoe, Ont.
Aug 18/02 A wonderful
restoration of Bay de Verde Heritage.
Very well done.
My husband and I first visit
Glad we came to visit. The Burt’s,
Aug 21/02 A wonderful
is certainly a perfect way to remember and preserve past
days. It is a
place that the people should be very proud to have in this
Elsie & Max Squires, Vera Abbott
Aug 21/02 What a great
house & exhibit.
Bay de Verde is a beautiful spot. Sorry to hear
about the light being automated. D & M McCourt
Aug 23/02 What a marvelous
piece of history in this beautiful old house.
We found it very illuminating and interesting. Elmer & Yvonne Davis Carbonear, NF
Aug 24/02 An outstanding
show, really wonderful.
Showing the Heritage of Bay de Verde and the
Blundon families. The
attic is wonderful. Also
the models (flakes, etc) are beautiful.
Christie Blundon (Mrs. Mose Blundon)
Aug 29/02 Wish I had more time! Connie & Margaret Rose Edmunds(Gallant) (LeBourdais)
Aug 31/02 Enjoyed seeing
all old pictures. Wished
the organ worked. Bought
back memories from while living in Western Bay in the
early 1900's Gen Yeo Boston, Ma
Sept 05/02 You are
fortunate to have some people who care to preserve your
heritage. It helps those of us from other areas to learn the way of
& Barbara Cawthorne, Scottsdale, Az
Sept. 8/02 Enjoying
revisiting the Blundon Heritage House (my grandfather’s
home). A lot of work has gone into the organization and the Heritage
Committee needs to be commended on their wonderful job. Cavell
Sept 08/02 I enjoyed going
through the house, once again.
Brought back memories of my living here with Alfred
and Son Calvin. I
have to congratulate the committee on the wonderful
display of the artifacts.
Rita Blundon nee Tilley
Sept 10/02 You people of
this “jewel of a province” should be thanked again and
again for being so proud of your heritage and proud of
preserving the past.
Jerry & Phyllis Raynar, Calgary, AB
Sept 02 Great to recall
memories of growing up in Bay de Verde and reliving
memories of Aunt Dot Blundon and her home. Hazel Legge (Blundon) Ontario
Sept. /02 Wonderful to keep
the history alive! Bruce Letrale, Victoria, BC
May 30/03 Visited the
Blundon House with Wilderness and Ecological Reserves
Advisory Committee. Great
to see such a beautiful house refurbished and all the old
furnishings still in tact.
Tony Ryan, Port Saunders, NL
May 30/03 Beautiful old
house with great displays!
The amount of history and old artifacts is
really enjoyed the visit. Sean French Corner Brook, NL
May 30/03 WOW!
Excellent facility, great educational displays and
Thank you for the opportunity to visit this
heritage house. All
the best in the future.
Pat Taylor Pasadena, NL
May 30/03I am go glad to see you doing so well with this wonderful
project Baccalieu Island and Red Head Cove is a very
special place for me.
Mr. Vince Kehoe, Mrs. Agnes Kehoe were my
“only” neighbours at Cape St. Mary’s.
Mr. Kehoe was/is my friend and all his family in
Red Head Cove. Vince
told me many stories about his life living on Baccalieu
Island many foggy evenings in his kitchen.
He took me around Baccalieu with Eugene.
He was a good man, who shared his life, friendship,
home, food, music and love with me.
I miss him. Your
exhibits are fantastic and I wish you all the best.
Preserve our history, nature and we will remain
Fyzee Shuhood Formerly - Cape St. Mary’s
May 30/03 A fine
goodness for the people who thought about keeping this and
even more for those that actually made it happen.
May hat is off to you.
June 2003 Gerald - Many
thanks for a great opportunity to share this great
community effort. Bill Montevecchi
June 17, 2003 A most
impressive property and collection - certainly one of the
highlights of my visit.
Congratulations. John Smallwood
June 22/03 Takes my breath
you for sharing the history of our great land. We have no
idea what hard work is! Melvina
and Richard McCao, Barrie, ON
June 2003 Lovely, lovely
you so much.
The Eli Blundell family (descendant from John & Priscilla Blundon of
B.D.V. Circa 1700's.
June 28/03 It’s a really
nice house. It’s
very interesting reading things about the people and
things back then. Thank you. Lauren
Noftle, Whitby, Ont.
July 1, 2003 Thanks so much
for a wonderful tour of this magical place.
A fine museum and heritage centre brings a place to
remarkable. This house gives a person a better understanding of life in
Bay de Verde. We
had a great time.
Michael Sand? & Kristen Robillard
July 03/03 So fascinating!
This house has so many tales to tell!
Thanks so much! Jessica McCarthy
4 julliet 03 Merci pour la
belle maison arecievenie duterressaut.
5 July 03 Very interesting
and educational exhibits. Keep up the heritage Noni &
Fe Balo,Chilliwack, B.C.
8 July 03 Very nice to see
my roots, love the pictures and family tree.
Jodi Brennan (Nee Blundon)
July 09/03 Vice nice, very
Warford, Goulds, NF
July 03/03 Fascinating
place! Roger & Carolyn Neufeld, Red Deer, Alberta
June 11/03 What wonderful
memories for the Blundon family descendants. Hope they
pass this history on for many years. Ann Franklin,Oshawa, Ont.
July 12/03I found this house very interesting.
I especially found the diary of the light house on
Baccalieu Island very interesting because my uncle was a
light house keeper there for a long time, over thirty
Marjorie Browne, Dunville
July 13/03Very nice and interesting! Sara Morris, Mt. Pearl,
July 13/03 Very
Robyn Mercer, Mt. Pearl, NL
July 13/03 Very nice and
Blundon and Kelsey Buckley, Burin and St. John’s
July 15/03 This place is a
treasure for those looking for their roots and those
interested in history.
I enjoyed every minute. Blenna Morrison, Pickering, Ont.
July 5/03 Beautiful little
museum of local history.
Courtney was a great guide.
Don & Colleen, North Bay
July 15/03 What a wonderful
tribute to your history and ancestors!
The tour was great.
Dawn & Steve Spak, Mt. Bethel, PA
July 15/03 This is a very
well done museum. All
the donations from the people of Bay de Verde to the
museum are wonderful and most generous.
Stafford & Lucy Noble, Columbus, Ohio
July 20/03 Beautiful old
home with a beautiful view.
The town has done a great job of preserving.
A good tour! Thelma and Larry Feltham, St. John’s
July 20/03 A unique little
place B de V and we learned a lot.
Thanks Victoria, Neil, Jonah & Sacha Beman,
July 31/03 This house is
very beautifully kept.
It’s been a pleasure to visit here and to see the
interest that the community keeps in this project.
We had a beautiful tour guide today who knew much
about the heritage of the house and Bay de Verde (Courtney
July 21/03 Very interesting
- enjoyed the tour. Thank
July 22, 2003 Fabulous spot
- a very picturesque community.
Davie, Sherry & Brittany Freake, Gander, NL
July 23/03 Great Heritage
Home and lovely guide, Courtney!
Really enjoyed the town and history of this
beautiful piece of “The Rock”. Great to see where
Gloria grew up.
Sandy Neild, Pugwash, N.S.
July 24/03 Wonderful
Heritage Home. A
delight to tour. Amanda
did a great job answering our many questions!
Wendy & Ted Waynillowicz, Calgary, Alberta
July 26/03 Wonderful
learned a lot. I
loved watching the birds on the T.V.
Dawn Buckle & Brenda Buckle, Corner Brook, NL
July 37/03 Nice to see that
Newfoundlanders are proud of their heritage. David King,
St. John’s, NL
July 27/03 Wonderful tour,
very informative! I
have lived here for many years (NFLD) and am proud to
bring visitors to visit. Excellent work! Cheers
July 27/03 Very cool tour.
Interesting and informative. Thanks!
Robyn Kase & Kye Cole, Calgary, AB
July 28/03 Really near
liked learning about how cod was salted.
Newfoundland is a very beautiful place!
Andrea Kushnir, Bonnyville, Alberta, Charlie &
July 30/03 Very impressive!
A wonderful job done!
It’s so nice to see the old furniture well
Jo Hogan & Brian Hatch Yellowknife, NT, (Formerly Northern Bay &
Red Head Cove)
July 30/03 A fantastic
history of Bay de Verde and the fishing industry - really
enjoyed all the antiques too
- Keep up the great work!
Patrice Ledwell, London, Ont
Aug. 01/03 A wonderful
respite to gather history and knowledge of this wonderful
place. Guided tour very helpful and informative.
Rodger & Irene Well, Grosse Ile, Michigan, U.S.A.
Aug 05/03 Great house.
Lots of old things to see.
Olivia Best Swift Current,
Aug. 06/03 Interesting
& educational. Loved
back lots of memories of my husbands childhood.
Aug. 09/03 It has been 16
years since I have been gone.
I must say it was nice to show my two children my
think it is amazing what has been done to heritage house.
Paula Reid (Walsh) Barrie,
Aug 14/03 Wonderful exhibit
- very educational. Will
never again complain about the cost of salt cod!
Al Smith, Tom & Margaret Kelly Grand falls-Windsor, Nfld.
Aug 20/03 My brother Roy
and sister-in-law Freda, my sister Blanch and myself Ester
Hamilton visited your Heritage House.
Very nicely done. It’s been a pleasure to visit
your town and talk to some of your people.
Many thanks. We are all from Upper Island Cove
On August 16, 2003, I had the pleasure to visit this beautiful house.
It brought back many vivid pictures of my
childhood, when as a boy I grew up in a small fishing
village called Spout Cove.
It does my heart good to see a house such as this
maintained and a heritage living on.
Keep up the good work.
Very interesting. Hubert
Trickett, Small Point.
Aug. 23/03 It’s amazing
how much you can learn in seven weeks.
Being a student interpreter for the Blundon House
this year has been exciting and wonderful all at the same
time. When I
started working here I didn’t think this job was going
to be fun, but as the days progressed I knew it was.
Meeting each person as they walked through the door has
meant a lot. Learning
about my past has been very helpful. Carl has been a great Manager and Amanda a great co-worker as
well. I will
always cherish the memories I have of working in this
wonderful Heritage House.
Aug. 26/03 This is the
first time that I have been back to my grandmother’s
house since she lived here.
I used to take the bus from St. John’s while
attending university to come visit her.
A lot has changed in this house since I’ve been
here last, but much is the same.
I have a lot of memories of this house and my Nan.
There are still a few items that I remember
painting years ago. It has been a great pleasure to come
back to visit Bay de Verde and this house. I hope to bring my own family here before too long.
Scott Blundon, grandson of Dorothy T. Blundon Paradise, NF
Aug. 27/03 I’m up here
from Cape Bretton visiting my grandmother from Red Head
Cove. I like
it here. I think the Heritage House is very interesting and I hope to
come again soon.
P.S. Our uncle found the
anchor out infront. Meagan Kelly, NS
Sept. 2/03 We again have
the pleasure of visiting Bay de Verde.
Such a beautiful community.
We enjoy our visits with Olga & Frank Blundon
(next door) each time we visit Newfoundland.You all have
done such a “wonderful” job on the old home.
Thank you so much.
Florence Church, Bob & Marilyn Stewart, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
June 24/04 This is a
fantastic place. Great
to see the same kind of tool my grandfather used in
Ontario and the nation elders in Northern Manitoba.
They also made their fish nets using the same
for a glimpse at our great heritage.
Elen & John Thompson, Oxford House
June 28/04 First visit to
Heritage House. Very
impressive! And well displayed.
I enjoyed the “look around”. Thanks.
June 28/04 Thank you very
much for such a delightful visit. It’s all well done and
June 29/04 What a terrific
Thank you for all the info - including election
July 01/04 What a wonderful old house - reliving memories of my
childhood in Red Head Cove.
Great work has been done here.
Genevieve Rice Comris
July 03/04 Newfoundland is
July 03/ 04 Very
July 07/04 Quite enjoyable,
esp. book of gravestones.
House is very informative.
Melshean Boardman, Port Hope, Ontario
July 07/04 Beautiful
of the videos were informative, perhaps the birds could be
with more footage and info to complement display on ground
here a week (Grates Cove) lovely hikes, people, & Air.
Rinehew Boardman, Port Hope, Ontario
July 7/04 Thank you.
Jonathon & Lynn, Armstrong, BC
July 09/04 Wonderful
Anthony & Sara Cook, PA, USA
July 9/04 Keep up the
excellent work a credit to your town.
Kathy & Gunter Kleinwort, Spaniards Bay, NL
July 09/04 A wonderful
collection of artifacts.
Very informative and nostalgic at the same time. Sincerely,
Brian Hall, Toronto, Ont.
July 11/04 I like this
Tara Noel Moose Jaw, SK
July 13/04 After so many
years away from home, I was delighted to come home and see
so many wonderful people and places that I still hold dear
to my heart. This
house is an example of the pride of the Bay de Verde
proud to be part of this community.
May you always find joy and happiness and success
in this town. May
God Bless you all.
James Noonan, Fort McMurray, Alberta
July 13/04 My name is
Marilyn, Granddaughter of Mr. Blundon, Daughter of Ruth
last time I was here was a age 16 when Aunt Dorothy was
living here. This
is a very special day to come back to my mom’s and
grandfather’s house and I will remember it always.
Thank you for keeping the house full of memories!
My sister, Judy, lives in Toronto also and wishes
everyone well and Ruth & Benny.
July 16/04 What a beautiful
nice to see the history of Newfoundland come alive.
Keep up the good work and be proud of your
July 18/04 This is a
beautiful historic house.
So many memories of years gone by.
Keep up the good work here.
Will forever remember.
Lily Penney (nee Reynolds) & Don
July 18/04 We have really
enjoyed the tour through this Historic House.
Many things here have brought back many memories to
you. Don & Elsie Mills
July 18/04 I really enjoyed
this trip here to Bay de Verde.
I have never been here before and the Heritage
House was a wonderful place to visit.
The town guides were a pleasure to have around the
house explaining things I didn’t understand.
I will never forget this place and the many
memories it gave me.
Rebecca Thomas, Dartmouth, N.S.
July 26/04 This house is so
these walls could only talk...
I would sit here for days and days and listen to
Sandy Clancey, Mt. Pearl, Nfld.
July 26/04 I have enjoyed
the total area here including this great old house. Very well done. Thank
Randall Cameron, Anapolis Valley, N.S.
July 21/04 It’s a very
nice place. Wonderful.
B. Laliberie, Quebec City
July 24/04 What a wonder
preservation of your heritage for all to appreciate and
Amera & Sergio, Toronto
July 31/04 Robert John
Blundon, descendent of James Blundon and his father, John
Blundon, who built this house.
Born 21 March 1994.
Robert John Blundon
July 31/04 Hi, My name is
Calvin Blundon, grandson of James & Hannah (Pottle)
Blundon and great grandson of John & Ann Elizabeth (Baggs)
Blundon, owners of this house.
This was the first home I lived in when born March
16, 1945 and I resided here till 1949, when my parents
Alfred & Rita (Pilley) Blundon moved to Kelligrews, C.
Bay, then later to Old Perlican, Trinity Bay.
This home was visited every year ever since and was
a favourite place to visit by my children and
grandchildren while occupied by my Step grandmother
Dorothy Blundon, who was the last resident before it was
donated as a heritage house.
I presently reside at Kelligrews with my wife Mary
Edna Blundon (Cluney, Clooney from Ireland).
Our children are Robert Wayne, Christine Denise and
Jane Elsie Blundon. I
was the last person born here in the family of Blundons at
July 31/04 First time here,
beautiful heritage home. My husband & I have a home
(Lar Hatch) in Red Head Cove.
Debbie Hogan, Cape Breton, N.S.
July 31/04 Very
enjoyed your fish and brewis.
Gloria Delaney, Broad Cove
Aug 02/04 Very Nice!
Delphine Lupis, Vancouver, B.C. Verne E. Montgomery, Vancouver, B.C.
Aug 10/04 Absolutely
Cheryl Gale, Change Islands, NL
Aug 10/04 Wow!
What a great community - wonderful museum
Rev. Paula Gale, Newville,
New World Island, NL
Aug 10/04 Beautiful
- thank you. John Lindsay, St. Thomas, Ontario
Aug 10/04 Very interesting
house, brought back many memories.
Sparkes, Waterloo, Ontario
Aug 11/04 Great!
Margaret Osler, Calgary, Alberts
Aug. 11/04 Very
Donald Blundon, Dollord Des Ormeaux, Quebec
Aug 13/04 By far, the best
heritage home I’ve ever visited. The
Aug. 16/04 Just beautiful, great when you know some of the people who
Ivy & Alvin Cassell, Deer Lake, NL
Aug. 17/04 A remarkable
representation of the heritage and history of the Bay de
Verde people. This
display has provided my two sons (Jonathon & Nicholas)
with a very unique view of Newfoundland out-port life.
I am most impressed at the dedication you have
bestowed upon our veterans and their sacrifice given to
build this great nation an the freedoms we all enjoy
Alexander Riggs, Ottawa, Ont.
Aug. 17/04 “Great Mus”.
Betty Ann Brekka, Coach/Driver, Halifax N.S.
Aug. 17/04 Melissa
Choong, Jennifer Choong, Goldham Choong, Brampton, Ontario
Aug 21/04 Thank you for
adding to my knowledge of this great land we live in and
to the greatness of Newfoundland.
Carole, Guelph, Ont.
Aug 21/04 It’s been a
great pleasure working here for the last 4 weeks.
There is so much history in this house.
I will always remember the history I have learned.
I can’t think of a better summer job than this
and Amanda have been excellent co-workers and Carl a great
to see you again next year.
All the best. Ashley Hatch, Student Interpreter
Aug. 27/04 From the Pacific
to the Atlantic! We
are happy to be here on this absolutely beautiful day and
we are fascinated by the picturesque beauty of this place.
Werner & Beatrice Zapka, living near San Francisco, California.
Werner was born in Germany, Beatrice in
Aug. 27/04 Have a most
pleasant vacation time on the Island.
It is sheer beauty all around!
Lise and Richard Fuhr, Montreal - West Que.
Sept.01/04 Thank you for
maintaining this lovely place and letting us see it!
Wayne, Vera and Janice Groszko, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Sept. 04/04 It is one of
the great pleasures of my life to come down home and
rummage through the lands and by-ways of my boyhood
me it is the springboard of the person I have become. Paul O’Neill
Sept. 19/04 Thank you so
much for a wonderful visit.
It has been most interesting.
Again thank you.
Oct. 25/04 Special thanks
to Gerald for the tour of the Heritage House. Richard & Madonna
Nov. 03/04 Many thanks to
Mr. Riggs for his kindness and co-operation in opening
this house to my wife (former Mary Pryor) and I for a
wonder showing, “a job well done”.
L & Mary Rodgers
Nov. 10/04 I came here with
many cadets. This
Blundon house is very interesting and very beautiful.
June 23/05 A lot of history
beautiful and well kept up.
June 30/05 This is a very
interesting place. I
was amazed with the artifacts and history of Bay de Verde.
Thank you for having us.
June 30/05 I have really
enjoyed looking at all the different artifacts that you
have here and hearing Mr. Riggs tell us about this
beautiful town of Bay de Verde.
I am looking forward to visiting again very soon.
July 15/05 This is a very
beautiful site as is Newfoundland itself.
Lorraine Charbonneau, Ottawa, Ont.
Aug. 04/05 Well I’m not
really from Bay de Verde but I come here often with
Terrilynn Blundon. The
people and the scenery are really nice.
Aug 06/05 A well managed
Heritage House. It’s
a pleasure to visit here.
Brings back memories.
Calvin B. Blundon Former resident of House.
Aug 11/05 My 1st
time here and very impressed.
This house is well maintained.
I just love it.
Will tell others in St. John’s and Vancouver B.C.
Patricia Stafford &Margaret Snow
Aug. 06/05 This place is a
very wonderful tribute to our ancestors and our history. Thanks to all who play a part in this work to make this such
a wonderful day for people to come home and reminisce.
Sadie Newhook (Emberley)
Aug 13/05 Excellent
display, keep it going. Ray Bennett, Rigolet, Labrador
Aug 13/05 Very interesting.
I enjoyed it very well.
Aug. 14/05 When
I visited this house I became filled with an
essence of historical fulfillment and a desire to delve
further into the myriad of our history, culture and
other words, it’s capital!!!
Keep up the great work.
Aug. 16/05 Very beautiful
and educating. The
tour guide was well educated on every subject.
We really enjoyed it!
Keep it up! Kelly Parsons, Salmon Cove
Aug 19/05 I love your
museum and its beautiful artifacts. Olivia Ferguson
Aug 19/05 Most beautiful
spot & museum -
hoping the cod come back. D. Din,
Aug 22/05 Good to see the
old artifacts preserved and put in a place for people to
Austin & Laverne Pelley, Harcourt, T.B.
Aug 22/05 Excellent
& Yvonne Pelley, Harcourt, T.B.
24 Aot 2005 Une place
special a visiter. Ca
doit entre Assez surprenant Lors due tempete
Aug 24/05 I have just
relived my childhood in 45 minutes.
Bill Blundon Bala, Ontario
Aug 27/05 It’s been
really great working here the past four weeks.
I never thought that I could learn everything so
here with Carl, Courtney and Amanda has been really nice.
They treated me really good and we had a lot of
really enjoyed this summer job and hope to get it again.
Erica Emberley, Student Interpreter
Aug 29/05 Real nice museum,
very educational. Jeannine LeBlanc, Rubibucto, N.B.
Aug 29/05 Very interesting
information. Yolande Cormier, Aldonane, N.B.
Aug. 29/05 Excellent
display and educational. Ron
and Claudette LeBlanc, Grand Barachois, N.B.
Sept. 05/05 This was truly amazing!!
Katherine Cameron, Atwood, Ontario
Sept. 06/05 Happy to
revisit my grandfather’s home.
Brings back lots of wonderful memories.
Great to see the Heritage Committee keeping
everything so great. My Mom (Rita Blundon -Alfred B. Blundon’s wife) also with
me. She has
enjoyed revisiting Bay de Verde and the “house”.
Always sees something different every visit! Cavell (Blundon) Vey, C.B.S
Sept. 08/05 Well laid out
and marked items. Enjoyed
reading small notes on different displays.
Nice to see the good work of the Heritage
Committee. Cynthia Billard, Grand Bruit, NL
Sept 08/05 Enjoyed by visit
to museum. Interesting
items and trying to guess what they were used for was fun.
Lovely view of sea on both sides of town.
Fraser, Halifax, N.S.
Sept. 08/05 Perfect done, a
must on the way!!! Elfie
& Jurgen Schan, Berlin, Germany
, Wilma & Peter Tajcnar, 4128 Aspen Dr. E. Edmonton, Alberta
Sept. 09/05 This is the
second week of work here at the Heritage House.
So far we have the spring stained and the
fisherman’s walkway is just about completed.
I must say it is a really enjoyable job (especially
when we cooked breakfast one morning and today we are
having pot luck). That
makes it all worthwhile, ha, ha.
I’d say by the time my 4 weeks are up, I’ll be
able to give tours of the house, 101 (not likely).
Back to work.
Sept 10/05 Well done.
Enjoyed all of it. Thank you.
Wendy Jonne, (Vancouver, B.C.)
Sept 12/05 John was born in
Northern Bay and is the great nephew of Bishop John March
of Harbour Grace. Always
enjoy coming here. This
“Heritage House” is very special, so nice to visit!
John & Hugette March, St. Catharines, Ontario
Sept. 22/05 Into my fourth
and final week of work.
We started in the attic and worked our way to the
kitchen, worked with an excellent group of co-workers and
Carl being the best manager I ever worked with.
We always agreed on everything we did.
When Monday morning rolls around, I
will miss it. Learned
a lot of history about this house and I think it’s a
beautiful house for visitors.
They all seem to enjoy their visit here.
We have to thank the Heritage Committee for all
their work and so much interest.
I would come back to work here anytime.
I really enjoyed it. Valerie Coish, Crab Support
Sept 30/05 It’s my last
day working here at the Heritage House.
I’ve been here four weeks and I enjoyed every
minute of it. I
worked with a great bunch of people.
Besides doing our work we had some wonderful meals
cooked and a lot of laughs.
I learned a lot about the history of Bay de Verde
and I especially enjoyed looking at the old black and
white photos (don’t worry Carl, I did that on my
you were a great person to work for.
I’ll drop by next summer to have a look at your
dishes. Sandra Tucker, Crab Support Program.
for the pizza!
Nov. 05/05 Today I visited
the Heritage House with a group of cadets from Fort
Francis, Ont. along
with some cadets from the local Corp 205 Baccalieu.
The visiting Corp is 144 Fort Francis.
It was a very enjoyable visit, very educational of
the heritage of Bay de Verde.
Its nice to have such a place to take a group of
young people to display interesting information about the
place where we live and its heritage. Very well kept up!
Slt. Tonya Squires295
Baccalieu (former resident)
July 05/06 I am glad that
my way was directed here by a former Bay de Verde in
habitant. This place leaves me in awe, it is truly a
commendable achievement and puts many a museum in much
bigger places to shame. The exhibits are feat and very
informative. Thank you for a delightful experience.
July 08/06 I especially
liked the flake exhibits.
I thought it was tastefully done.
A lot of detail and I am proud to know the man who
put it together. Marie Lewis, Mount Pearl
July 08/06 I love it.
Amy Bursey (born 1999)
So did I (her dad)
Lewis Bursey (Markham, Ont, born 1962)
My grandfather was from Old Perlican, his name was Uriah Lewis Bursey
(born 1905). My
other grandfather was Alex Hudson (born 1894) from Lower
Island Cove. My son Ryan (born1997) liked it here too.
July 09/06 On this day I
had the pleasure of visiting and was very impressed. Especially impressed with the pictures of the men of the Bay
de Verde Foresters dated 1940 in Scotland and the picture
of the Barracks where the men stayed during their stay in
Scotland during WW11.
It was only recently that I saw on TV a biography
of that event and to be able to view those wonderful
pictures just made my day. Eric
S. Mercer, Branch Service Officer, #32 Bay Roberts, NL
July /06 I am very amazed
and impressed to see so much history from the past. It makes one ponder on the days gone by and to know what our
forefathers had to contend with in their everyday life!
May God preserve the past for the future to enjoy!
Les Mitchell, Hant’s Hr.
July /06 The dining room
suite was exactly like my mother’s.
I was meant to come.
July 12/06 Very well
to see a lot of the original furniture and items still in
the house. Well done in preserving Canada’s history.
Tina Highfield, Sarnia, Ont.
We have seen a lot of heritage houses in our
“Tidy Town” travels but this one is among the best. Congratulations to your heritage committee. Don & Sylvia
Thistle, Steady Brook.
July /06 Although I lived
very close to this house in my younger years, this was my
first time visiting this house.
There are some very interesting things to look at.
A great place to visit and find out about the
history of the area. Richard Woodrow, Bay de Verde
July /06 Very interesting!
Neil, Saskatoon, SK
July /06C’est tres beau a visiter.
July 07 /06 Very
interesting museum in a beautiful village!
Robert Blade & Diane Parks
July 27 /06 I love Bay de
This is awesome.
July 30/06 Excellent
display and very interesting.
Gerry Porter, Kingston, Ont.
We live 7 km. from Bowmanville where the organ was
Ken & Irene Bond,Courtice, Ont
July 31/06I love it! Very
good and nice guide Erica.
laire Lalonde,Plantagenet, Ont
July 31/06I love B.D.V. I
try to come home every year and each year I stop at the
Sonya Norris-Jewers, Ottawa, Ont.
July 31/06 Very impressive.
Aug 01/06Beautiful home! Very
Debbie & Trevor Blundon & Kids Milton, NL
Aug 01/06This afternoon I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Paul Emberley
outside his home. What
a delightful man and now I see that he is such a driving
force in this community. Teresa
Aug 01/06 In my opinion
this is the most beautiful town I have seen on my trip
from Vancouver, B.C. Just delightful. Josie
Freeke, Langley, B.C.
Aug. 03/06 My eyes
fill with tears of joy, of what has been lost and what has
been left for us to enjoy.
Nicolinas Pulozzi,Toronto, Ont.
Aug /06 My grandfather is
Aug 06/06 I love this place
Aug 05/06 It is with a
great deal of nostalgia that I gaze upon the articles and
exhibits of this house.
After having known its owners and occupants during
my boyhood years, I can readily recognize most of the
artifacts and in an earlier day, used most of them. It would take too long and space for me to express my
Aug /06 Congratulations on
making the effort to preserve your history and to create a
place to share with everyone.
Aug /06 I like the organ
Aug /06There are a lot of interesting things here.
Aug /06 This is one of the
best museums we have been in since we left St. John’s. Our guide, Evan, does a wonderful job representing the
friendliness of Newfoundland!
the attic there is a rifle with the #22 marked on it - we
could not find it in the loose leaf note book - I was
wondering what kind of gun it was as I have something
similar at home - mine is a .410 gauge shot gun.
My e-address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
should you have any info on said gun.
Thanks. Andrew & Joey Buwalda, Whitby, Ontario
Aug 14/06 Heritage
important provenant d’une communaute qui se tient.
Merci pour nous avoir fait decouvrir votre coin de
Louise et Rene Bouderville, QC
Aug 16/06 It is a very
interesting place to see.
I really enjoyed it.
Ursula Lewis, Colliers, C.B.
Aug 17/06 Working here the
past seven weeks has been a great experience.
I have learned many things about the community’s
history as well as my own.
It has been a pleasure to speak with many tourists
from all around the world.
This house maintains a vast amount of history with
several stories to tell.
Each day brings a new fact to learn which I can
pass on to other people.
I have had a great time working with Erica, Evan
and last but not least, Car.
We all have shared a lot of laughs together, maybe
not enough! Where
ever I end up in the world, I know I can never forget the
times here in the house and BDV.
All the best!!
Bernadine Noonan, Student Interpreter
Aug 17/06 Enjoyed my visit
very much. Beautiful
home and very interesting.
Aug 18/06 This home is a
treasure! Sheila McCann-Walsh, St. John’s
Aug 18/06 This home is
worth keeping and fighting for money from Government to
keep it in good condition.
Don’t ever let it go. Kay McCann, Port au Port, NL
Aug 24/06 Very well done! Diana
Aug 24/06 Very interesting
and full of history.
It’s amazing how this is the actual house, it’s
. The Button Family, Newcastle, Ont.
Aug 26/06 Very interesting.
Aug 27/06 Beautiful museum.
What an awful nice place to spend some time.
You’ve done a nice job and portray the area so
The Kamens from Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Aug. 29/06 How wonderful to
bring our grandson to see history and actually be able to
touch things. Thank you for the step back in time.
Aug 30/06 This is a very
beautiful place! It
is nice to see the great way everything is laid out and to
see how people lived years ago.
Kimberley Brewer, Cindy Brewer, Shannon Power, Tyler O’Rourke
Aug 30/06 So important to
maintain the history of Canadians, be it East or West
Sept. 02/06 Very beautiful.
Mary St. George
Sept. 02/06 I always loved
the Heritage House. It
is so nice inside. All
the things back in the olden days are so amazing to me.
Sept. 02/06 First time
Sept 02/06 All the way from
you for sharing your heritage.
Sept. 02/06 Marvelous job
all ‘round. Quite
interesting - my husband, John M. O’Neill lived here
till 1948. We’re descendants of the early O’Neills.
Sept. 03/06 Very
interesting place and full of information.
John Blundon 1808 and Sarah Blundon were my great
Bernadette Jooyner, Berkeley, Ontario
Oct. 06/06 I always loved
this house. Visited
it lots of times. Really
miss Aunt Dot.
Florence Noble, Kitchener, Ont.
June 16/07 One of our
highlights while visiting the Island.
Beautiful setting and well done.
John Pegg/Ann Walton, Burlington, Ontario
June 16/07 Lots of history.
Beautiful little village.
Dave & Maureen Graychyk, Martlach, Sask.
June 16/07 The heritage
house is all bout the past and very cool.
June 16/07 The heritage
house is all this stuff old.
June 24/07 This is the best
place that I have been to, to take the time to look at the
life in Bay de Verde.
June 26/07 The Heritage
House: brings back old memories of my childhood in Bay de
Dorothy MacDonald (Mitchell Coish)
July 1/07 Excellent!
Very attracting information to appeal to all!
Keep up the excellent work and I hope many, many
more people visit here.
Matthew Blundon, Bay de Verde
July 02/07 The best we have
visited - brilliant. The
Harris Family, Penarth, UK
July 02/07 Wonderful job of
restoration and preservation. Ann
& Bob Gould, London, Ont
July 06/07 Very
& Hubert, Summerland, B.C.
Charlie & Diane Daly, St. John’s, NL
July 09/07 Great memories
for my hubby. George & J?
July 09/07 Patricia
Myra Megiel, North Port, Florida
July 09/07 Maureen L.
Ford, North Port, Florida
July 10/07 Most
for tea. Dale & Lorna, Victoria, B.C.
July 10/07 Awesome!!
Thanks for the tour.
Dally Moore, Winnipeg, MB
July 11/07 Excellent tour,
really enjoyed it, Lots of history in this house and
tour guide on staff was very knowledgeable.
Bob Bullen, Hr. Breton, NL
July 11/07 Fabulous museum!
Michelle Powers, Pitt Meadows, BC
July 19/07 There is so much
to see and appreciate in this beautiful community. The fishing history is so interesting and well told. Thanks
Agnes & Stephen Walden, Castlegar, BC
July 19/07 Very interesting
place to visit. Our
tour guide, Tiffany, did a great job of explaining the
Marie & Leo Vincent, Fredericton,
NB, (Former Newfies!!)
20 juillet 07C ette maison est superbe. Felicitation de garder votre patrimoine.
Claudette & Bernard Larenesie, Quebec
July 22/07 This is a
beautiful house all about our history. Interesting!!!
Amanda, Mitchell and Bernadette Preston, Western Bay
July 22/07 Dawn Blundon,
July 24/07 Fascinating
history and wonderful scenery. Larry
& Janet Verone, Pennsylvania
July 26/07A beautiful place to visit. Ed
& Sue, Sudbury, Ont.
July 25/07 Great to see and
hear how fishing communities survived in harsh conditions
without mod cons.
Arthur Merrill, Liverpool, UK
July 26/07 What a treat to
visit this place of your town’s heritage.
Absolutely wonderful. You deserve an award.
& John King, Florence & Alton King, Bauline NL
July 27/07 This is a
should be very proud of the heritage as well as the work
you’ve done to preserve it.
Janina Tarnowski, Toronto, Ont
July 27/07 The house is a
provincial treasurer! Annette Martin, Bridgewater, NS (New Perlican, NL)
July 27/07 This place puts
you back to early childhood days.
Great job on restoration.
Wonderful to see how life was like in a beautiful
picturesque community on NL Coast. Shirley
Mokler, Gjon Haven, Nunavut, (Ch’town P.E.I.)
July 28/07 Visited many
museums along the way this being one of the best. Many old
memories brought back.
Tks. Sharon & Wayne Bursey, Lab. City, NL
July 30/07 Fascinating
& Doug Churchill, Glovertown, NL
July 31/07 Home for a visit
after 22 years.
Dave Blundon, son of Felix Noonan and Carol Blundon.
Aug 03/07 Fascinating!
B & E McCann, NL
Aug 04/07Wonderful. Nicely presented. Margie
Plunkett, Ft. Lauderdale
Aug 04/07 A wonder place.
Aug 05/07 A wonderful
place. You have a beautiful building and should be proud
Millie & Randell Crane, Cavendish, T.B.
Aug 06/07 This house is
really amazing very well kept.
Really enjoy going through this house.
Be very proud. Emma
Bullen, Hr. Breton, NL
Aug 06/07 Great House -
Bruce, Sharon, Shannon &Courtney Barbour, Portugal Cove-St. Philips
Aug. 06/07 Marina (Osborne)
Mercer,Upper Island Cove
Mercer & Katarzyna Cedrowicz, Toronto
Aug 08/07 Dennis
& Dixie Bohnet, Medicine Hat, Alberta
Aug 08/07 Very interesting
and well done.
Reg & Doreen Bowering, Mount Pearl, NL
Aug 08/07 Very impressive,
Nice to see your efforts at preserving our wonderful
history and culture!!
Terry Ryan, La Scie, NL
Aug. 11/07 This is totally
Aug. 11/07 Wicked house.
Best place I ever worked.
Best people too. I love you guys so much.
See you soon!
Aug 15/07 Love the organ in
this room, and the attic!
I love this H. House! Well must go finish looking
Aug 15/07 A terrific
experience. Wonderful history and explanation of fishing
were extremely helpful with great knowledge to share.
Congratulation to the community and all who made this
wonderful experience available to visitors from all over.
Bob, New Jersey, U.S.A.
Aug 18/07 Congratulations
to everyone involved in making this happen.
Our history is too often forgotten and lost and its
good to see that there are still people who work and
strive to tell our stories and save our memories.
Noel James Riggs, Albalete, Spain August
2007, Wabush, Labrador, Bay de Verde, NL
Aug 18/07 Working here the
past 6 weeks with the girls - Tiffany, Kayla &
Victoria - and Carl, has been amazing.
I certainly could not think of a better summer job.
When first coming here, I knew next to nothing
about the history of the house.
I soon learned many things about the house, as well
as the community and its people, with the help of Tiffany
, of course. I
have met so many wonderful people that I will never
had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Eleanor Mills (former
resident of the house).
We had so many laughs here.
So thanks girls and Carl of course for an amazing
never forget it!
Wendy Hatch, Interpreter
Aug 18/07 Absolutely
wonderful place. Don
& Ann Marie Stamp, Mt. Pearl, NL
Aug 18/07 Marvelous place.
There’s so much history on exhibition. We need
more time to take it all in.
Enjoyed every exhibit.
We’ll be back.
Marie Stamp, Mt. Pearl (Gull Island)
Aug 19/07 Great to see the
history preserved. So
be back. Louise
Taylor, North Wales, UKAug 19/07
Aug 20/07 A very
interesting place. A
marvelous history of a great place.
Will come back again.
George Button, UK
Aug 20/07 A great place for
children, adults and other people to learn more about
stuff they did and didn’t know already. Shannon Kehoe, B.C.
Aug 20/07 So, so cool.
I loved all the stuff here.
How you can touch stuff.
Haylea & Cassidy Lambert, Toronto
Aug 21/07 Certainly brings
back memories of my childhood.
I love every little piece of the house.
Congratulations to all who had anything to do with
it especially Gerald, my cousin.
Nellie (Riggs) Bell, Brantford, Ont.
Aug 23/07 I recall stories
my mother told me about her relatives in Bay de Verde -
Ellen Noonan and John Woodrow.
In speaking with Brendan Doyle I learned more
house is a fine building which keeps the history and
culture in memory. It’s
a wonderful house and has been preserved well.
It is a credit to the people who have donated much.
Marcella Nolan, Mount Carmel
Aug 25/07 This place is
a lot of things while working here.
Also met a lot of family members.
I enjoyed the staff here.
A great pleasure to work with Wendy, Kayla, Tiffany
and Carl. Can’t
forget him, best manager in life.
This is a memory I will keep forever.
The past weeks were great. Would definitely come
back to work.
Victoria Doyle, Student Interpreter.
Aug. 25/07 For the past
nine weeks I have been working here at the Heritage House
as a student interpreter, through the SWASP program.
The last nine weeks have been amazing.
Words cannot describe how truly excellent it is to
work here in the Heritage House.
First when I came here I didn’t know half the
stuff that I know now.
It is amazing that every day I came to work, I
learned something new, whether it be about the house,
about Baccalieu Island or about the community in general.
There are so many things that one who lives in the
community can take for granted. People who visit here are amazed by everything in Bay de
day I saw a woman screaming because she saw a whale and it
was at that moment I realized how much I take for granted.
A community’s heritage is important not only to
the people living there but also to the many people who
take the time to visit!
I have met so many interested visitors this summer
and as they walk around the house they commend you so much
that it instills a feeling of pride in your heart.
Besides giving tours, cleaning and typing up the
comment book, I also enjoyed the many feeds that we had.
I believe we all put on 10 pounds this summer.
I’m sure we had about 4 or 5 BBQ’s a week.
That is not counting home made spaghetti and home
made pizzas because we had a good many of them too!
Ha, ha. I also enjoyed pending the summer with the best co-workers
and manager. Girls,
you are amazing. Kayla,
you were the best person who ever mopped the floors in the
you always knew how to brighten the day, even if it meant
playing hide-n-seek, and Victoria, one day I will hire you
as my personal chef since you cooked every feed we had!
And Carl, there is no one like ya!
You were a great manager.
Thanks for everything.
The Heritage House is the best place to work.
We had a wonderful summer filled with lots of
will never forget the time I spent working here as I met
different people from all over the world.
All the best for next year “Celebrating 10
Seasons”. I’ll be back! Tiffany Walsh, Student
I like all the old stuff in the Heritage house.
Aug. /07 In this place, a
person learns a great deal about the people who live here
and of those who came before.
A great deal of respect for them and the hardships
of their lives is shown in great detail
I’ve been here three times and each time I’ve enjoyed my visit to
the Heritage House. It
gives a glimpse into the past that shows a hard working
people whose lives were hard but who survived in spite of
the difficult life. I
have a great respect for the people of Bay de Verde.
Carmel Reddy, Ontario
Sept. 01/07 It is a
wonderful house full of story.
Just keep it!
It is so important!
Claudia, Quebec native now living in St. John’s
Sept. 03/07 Awesome house.
Very informative and interesting.
Doyle, Gull Island
Sept. 03/07 Working on the
premises of the Heritage House has been a joy, working
with Tiffany, Victoria, Kayla, Wendy and Carl has been an
I treasure every moment, every laugh, every visitor
who comes through the front door.
I’ve learned a lot about the house as I was
volunteering and working here, especially info about
Baccalieu Island. Thanks
to Carl for letting me on staff at the House as a
hope I can do this all again someday.
Kyle Riggs, Student Interpreter
This is the end of this book. A new ‘Comments
Book’ has been put in place so that visitors
can continue to pen their sentiments as they have
over the past ten years. If you have not yet visited the
Heritage Premises – make an effort to come and write in
our new book.