If you’re visiting the Town of St. Anthony on Newfoundland’s Great Northern Peninsula, the Grenfell Historic Properties is one attraction you don’t want to miss. The history of the region is preserved here, and a visit to the properties will take you to a place and time that will leave you shaking your head in wonder.
Sir Wilfred Thomason Grenfell is a celebrated figure in the history of Labrador and of Newfoundland’s Great Northern Peninsula. Doctor and missionary, he has long been lauded as the savior of a people through his perseverance and determination to render assistance to those in need, and his legacy is being kept alive in the Town of St. Anthony by the Sir Wilfred Thomason Grenfell Historical Society.
The continued work of the society has brought to fruition a decades long goal to collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret artifacts relating to the Grenfell Mission and its objective to bring to the impoverished people of Labrador medical and industrial aid, schooling and care for orphaned children. To this end, the society and its partners have established the Grenfell Historical Properties, an associated group of sites that celebrate the doctor’s presence in the region and recognize the positive impact of his dedication on the cultural and economic climate of the area during the early 1900s.
These properties, consisting of the Grenfell Interpretation Center, the Grenfell House Museum, the Tea House Hill Trail and Grenfell Park and Dock, also preserve and present the history–in film, photo, art and artifact–of the people of Northern Newfoundland and Labrador. They highlight 100 years of hardship and stamina, recording the evolution of a stalwart people, and they are well worth a visit for those who seek to experience the history and culture of this harsh land and its beautiful inhabitants.
The slideshow tour below presents a glimpse of the enlightening experience that awaits you at the Grenfell Historic Properties: