New Perlican heritage day draws crowd
Peter’s Finger receives designation as heritage site
The designation of Peter’s Finger as a heritage site was one of the highlights of this year’s New Perlican Heritage Day on July 10.
It was the third annual event in the community, and organizers say it was the most successful to date. Many residents, former residents and tourists were in attendance.
It was the fifth such designation by the Heritage New Perlican committee, and was done in conjunction with the town council.
Peter’s Finger is an area of much mystery and legend, and is located in Vitter’s Cove, New Perlican.
It is said to be the lookout of pirate Peter Easton during his reign in Trinity Bay, legend has it that if a goat fell in through the cliffs at Peter’s Finger, it would come out in the harbour.
The many holes in the cliff are also said to contain pirate’s treasure.
The four other heritage sites include: the Loyal Orange Waterloo Lodge, St. Matthews United south side cemetery, the Sittin’ Rock and Burrage’s Stage.
There were a number of awards handed out. Some of them include the following:
• Photo contest winners - Debbie Smith ( first place), Jerry Belbin (second place) and Sue Critch ( third place). The contest was judged by Newfoundland artist and New Perlican native Paula Bryant.
• Root cellar contest - won by Frank and Rosemary Barrington. The contest is meant to encourage the preservation of historic root cellars in the community.
A display of period photos that had been restored and dry-mounted was also unveiled during a ceremony at the Veteran’s Memorial Community Centre.
Archaeologist Bill Gilbert was the guest speaker. Gilbert discovered the Hefford plantation in New Perlican, which is thought to be the oldest plantation in Canada still occupied by descendants of the original family.
Gilbert gave a presentation on digs on the Baccalieu Trail, including the Hefford Plantation.
It was also fitting that a wall mural of the harbour, painted in 1946 by W. C. Palmer, was featured. The mural was originally the back drop for the stage at the former St. Augustine’s school, and was rescued by the town after the school was torn down and given to the committee for preservation.
Max Warren, a local volunteer, made a retractable system so the mural can be displayed on special occasions.
A photo and information about Palmer, which was compiled by Ted Rowe of Heart’s Content, was also on display.
Participants were also treated to some heritage projects that were done by students at Perlwin Elementary this past school year.
Mayor Linda Moyles, Bertha Conway, Marie McDonald and Ches Peddle take a look at items on display during the July 10 Heritage Day in New Perlican.
Debbie Smith was the first place winner in the New Perlican Heritage Day photo contest. The award was accepted by Susie Smith (centre), Debbie’s mother-inlaw. Making the presentation was Eileen Matthews and Greg Twining.
Eileen Matthews (left) and Greg Twining present New Perlican Mayor Linda Moyles with a plague on the designation of Peter’s Finger as a heritage site.
This root cellar owned by Frank and Rosemary Barrington took top prize in the root cellar contest during the Heritage Day in New Perlican July 10.