A recipe for suc­cess


Bay de Verde — The lo­cal her­itage com­mit­tee is tak­ing a unique ap­proach to at­tract­ing vis­i­tors to its Her­itage Premises by ap­peal­ing to the ap­petites of tourists. And so far, it’s work­ing won­ders. Visi­ta­tion num­bers for the Bay de Verde Her­itage Premises, in­clud­ing the Her­itage House, are well above pre­vi­ous years, says man­ager Carl Riggs.

“ Our num­bers have been steady for the past five or six years. But we’ve seen a big in­crease this year,” Riggs said last week.

As of last week, some 700 peo­ple had passed through the Her­itage House, which is the for­mer home of lo­cal mer­chant John Blun­don. That’s about 200 more than the same time last year, Riggs said.

Why the in­crease? No doubt the word is spread­ing about the cap­ti­vat­ing scenery along the Bac­calieu Trail as more and more tourists dis­cover the re­gion. But those who pay the $4 ad­mis­sion fee also get some­thing a lit­tle ex­tra — tea or cof­fee and a home­made raisin bun. And they get to en­joy their snack in a din­ing room that has been in use since the home was built in 1896.

The buns are pre­pared in the old kitchen by in­ter­preters Patsy Blun­don and Trina Power.

“It’s been a big hit,” said Riggs. “I was wash­ing dishes for two hours Mon­day evening in or­der to keep up with the guests com­ing through.”

There have been in­stances where com­plete strangers have gath­ered around the old wooden ta­ble to en­joy their snack, and leave as friends, Riggs noted.

The house opened to the pub­lic in 1999 and of­fers vis­i­tors a pow­er­ful look into the com­mu­nity’s rich his­tory and its long at­tach­ment to the sea.

In­ter­preter Patsy Blun­don dis­plays a freshly-baked tray of raisin buns. Vis­i­tors to the Bay de Verde Her­itage House are treated to a bun and a cup of tea or cof­fee. Carl Riggs is man­ager of the Bay de Verge Her­itage Premises. He is shown here in the mechant’s bed­room of the Her­itage House.

Stu­dent in­ter­preter Matthew Blun­don (cen­tre) chats with Deb­o­rah Thomas (left) of Bos­ton and Ivy Crocker of Cam­bridge at the­Bay de Verde Her­itage House last week. Crocker is orig­i­nally from Heart’s De­light.

The Bay de Verde Her­itage-House has been at­tract­ing record num­bers of vis­i­tors this sum­mer.

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