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.