Piece of Heart’s Con­tent his­tory re­stored

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The Mizzen Her­itage So­ci­ety of Heart’s Con­tent and The Her­itage Foun­da­tion of New­found­land and Labrador have re­stored Un­cle Bill Piercey’s Store, dubbed House of Com­mons.The plaque erected near the store fea­tures pho­to­graphs of the shed be­fore restora­tion, and Un­cle Bill Piercey, its orig­i­nal owner.

The in­scrip­tion on the plaque reads:

“ If this twine shed could speak, what tales it would tell!

Evenings men, young and old alike from the North­ern Point and other ar­eas of the har­bour, would con­gre­gate there.

The men would sit around on old chairs, tubs and heaps of twine (cod traps).

Most times ( there would be) stand­ing room only.

The wood stove cracked and the smell of wood smoke min­gling with the smell of pipe to­bacco and pitch twine (coal tar) cre­ated a warm, cozy at­mos­phere for spin­ning yarns — sto­ries of a day on the fish­ing grounds or in the woods.

It also be­came the set­ting for many heated de­bates over town mat­ters or govern­ment af­fairs. Hence it was nick­named, House of Com­mons.

Si­lence fell upon the twine shed in 1986 when Un­cle Bill Piercey passed away at the age of 76.

HOUSE OF COM­MONS - Un­cle Bill Piercey’s store at North­ern Point, Heart’s Con­tent has been re­stored. The small shed had been the scene of many de­bates in its ear­lier days, earn­ing it the nick­name, House of Com­mons.

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