Piece of Heart’s Content history restored
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.