The Tour – Table of Contents
- Map of the Village
- Visitors Reception Centre
- Poop Deck Craft and Gift Shop
- Fisherman’s Stage
- Methodist Schoolhouse
- Waterfront Premises; Neptune II Theatre
- Sealer’s Interpretation Centre
- Heritage Homes
- Olde Shoppe Restaurant
- Rita Love Memorial Kitchen
- Monument and Commemorative Artwork
Our tours run from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily (May to Mid-September). To do it properly, you should allow yourself two or three hours to tour the Barbour Living Heritage Village. Don’t be surprised if one visit isn’t enough. Most of our guests come back time and time again. We think that’s great! We’re always adding something new and don’t want you to miss out. It’s all so interesting. There are so many attractions and so many things to do. Take a look at what we have to offer, plan your visit and come experience where the past meets the present.
Your tour begins at the Visitor Reception Centre which is located in the Poop Deck Craft and Gift Shop. Take a look at the Map of the Village and read a bit about what you’ll see on your Tour.
Map of the Village
Visitors Reception Centre
The first place you’ll need to go when you enter the Barbour Living Heritage Village is the Visitor Reception Centre (building # 1 on the Village Map). Here you’ll be greeted by our friendly staff who are dressed in period costume. They will help you purchase your tour pass and give you some general instructions on what to expect. They will also provide you with information on other attractions that you may want to visit while you are in the area.
Take a few minutes to have a quick look at the wonderful crafts and gifts in the Poop Deck Craft Shop. Then off you go on your guided tour. But mark your Map as you’ll want to finish your tour back at this location with a rest out on the Poop Deck and then some shopping.
Poop Deck Craft and Gift Shop
The Poop Deck Craft and Gift Shop located at the Barbour Living Heritage Village, Newtown, is the perfect spot to start and end your Tour of the Village. It has a wide selection of local crafts such as homemade quilts, knitted goods, Newfoundland pictures and prints, books, locally made jams and perhaps a fresh berry pie from the Olde Shoppe Restaurant. Oh, and don’t forget to look for the book written by Captain Joe Barbour where he tells his true story about being Forty-Eight Days Adrift.
This is the place to find a special gift for yourself or that perfect gift to take back to your relatives and friends as a memory of your trip to this picturesque part of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Ever been in a fish stage? You won’t want to miss this building. It’s a typical Newfoundland outport fish stage, where codfish was cleaned, salted, and stored.
It is complete with a fish flake, handbars, splitting table, and other interpretative items commonly found in a fishing stage. We’ll also show you to knit and mend a fishing net.
In the Old Methodist Schoolhouse, visitors are given the opportunity to interact with the school teacher and students and learn about education in a one-room school in rural Newfoundland around the early 1900’s.
Such a school was actually located on the Barbour property around 1880. In those days, all grades were taught in that one room. In the winter, each child would be expected to bring along a junk of wood each day to feed the potbelly stove that was used for heat.
Waterfront Premises and
Neptune II Theatre
The Waterfront Premises is a reconstruction of one of the Barbours’ retail business and waterfront premises. It now houses a modern theatre and art gallery. Here you can enjoy live theatrical performances in a very comfortable setting. The Dinner Theatre is known for its delicious meal and hilarious entertainment. The art exhibit has featured works by well-known Newfoundland artists such as Christopher Pratt, David Blackwood, and Frank Lapointe.
Be sure to contact us to make a reservation for the Dinner Theatre. Seats are limited and we don’t want you to be disappointed.
Sealing Interpretation Centre
This building is very unique to our area and the Province. It is a reconstruction of a building used by the Barbours for brick making and as a general workshop. Here visitors are given the opportunity to experience life “at the front”. They will step aboard a sealing schooner and experience the life and hardships of Newfoundland sealers as they struggle to provide for their families. Enjoy unique displays in this unique handicap accessible facility.
There are two heritage homes in the Barbour Living Heritage Village. In 1873 Benjamin and Rebecca Barbour moved to Newtown, Bonavista Bay, where they built their family home. They moved into the new house in 1874. The building was home for many of their children. Alpheaus, one of their grandsons, built a beautiful home for his wife in hopes of lifting her spirits after the death of their son William in 1904. Your tour would not be complete without a walk through these beautiful premises. Climb the winding staircases, read the letters that Lester wrote, see the furniture, household items and clothes that would have been worn, and learn how life was in those days.
Olde Shoppe Restaurant
Complete your Tour of the Village with a meal at the Olde Shoppe Restaurant, open from May through October with daily specials that reflect the history of the village. Groups can try dishes such as Captain Job’s boiled beans with homemade bread, Uncle Willie’s fish cakes with tossed salad, and Aunt Mary Jane’s jiggs dinner. There’ll be berry pies, molasses buns and old-fashioned tea biscuits.
We’ve been busy all winter. We relocated our restaurant to one of our building that overlooks the Tickle – a beautiful view to enjoy as you eat. Our restaurant and deck are wheelchair accessible. Come dine with us.
Rita Love Memorial Kitchen
The Rita Love Memorial Kitchen is also located within the Restaurant. This is a special feature for the Barbour Living Heritage Village (opened July 2014). Rita Love was born and raised in this area. In her late teens she moved to Boston to ‘go into service’. This was typical for many young men and women in the early days as moving away presented the best, and sometimes only, way to find meaningful work. Rita did not return to Newfoundland but always remembered her childhood home. She left a Trust Fund to the people of the Cape Freels area. In her memory, the Cape Freels Heritage Trust created the viewing kitchen at the Village as a place where people could watch and learn the art of baking, our way.
Come visit us. Watch the step by step processes of making a berry pie or roll up your sleeves, put on an apron and get your hands in the dough. To take in the full culinary experience you’ll need to make a reservation as space is limited.
Monument and Commemorative Artwork
Gary Brazil Monument
As you tour the site, you are given opportunity to pause and reflect on some of the tragedies experienced by Newfoundlanders in the past, such as the loss of hundreds of young Newfoundlanders in World War I, and the sealing disasters of the S.S. Greenland in 1898 and the S.S. Newfoundland in 1914. You will also come across a monument that relates to a more recent tragedy. Gary Brazil, a 39 year old father of two and Coast Guard pilot, lost his life on May 10, 2000 when the Bell 212 Canada Coast Guard helicopter he was flying crashed into Bonavista Bay while transporting fresh water to a lighthouse on Cabot Island just off the coast of Newtown. While viewing this monument you are able to see the island Mr. Brazil was heading towards when the helicopter fell into the water.
Commemorating the work of Dr. Audrey Manning
As you walk in the gardens of the Alphaeus Barbour House, you will come across a new art installation erected in honor of Dr. Audrey Manning, who passed away on May 20, 2011, at the age of 71. Audrey was a community icon who valued heritage and was a founding member of the Cape Freels Heritage Trust, the directing board of the Barbour Living Heritage Site. She worked tirelessly and assembled a group of hard working volunteers to bring the site to its magnificent stature displayed today.
The glass art installation features a portrait of Dr. Manning as well as three of her poems, and was designed and commissioned by Steph Dou. Mr. Dou, a friend of Dr. Manning’s from France, felt the contributions she made during her life should be memorialized. The three glass panels of the installation were created in Paris, France and were installed by Mr. Dou in June 2014. The official unveiling of the monument was June 27th, 2014.