Car­bon­ear Is­land Ex­hibit: Traces of the Past

Car­bon­ear Rail­way Mu­seum

The Compass - - TOWN OF CARBONEAR -

Visit the Car­bon­ear Is­land Ex­hibit: Traces of the Past and im­merse your­self in a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence that is both in­ter­ac­tive and ed­u­ca­tional. Pre­pare your­self for an ex­tra­or­di­nary and ed­u­ca­tional jour­ney into his­tory: Car­bon­ear Is­land has been many things to many peo­ple, not the least of which has been a refuge from dan­ger and death dur­ing the 17th and 18th cen­turies. It has also been a fish­ing sta­tion, a nav­i­ga­tional bea­con for mariners, and most re­cently the site of an ar­chae­ol­ogy ex­plo­ration that is un­lock­ing the se­crets of cen­turies.

The Traces of the Past Ex­hibit speaks to all of the above and is found in the Car­bon­ear Rail­way Mu­seum, 254 Wa­ter Street. Upon en­ter­ing the build­ing, through the far­thest door on your right, you be­gin your jour­ney of dis­cov­ery in a room that will il­lus­trate the pro­found im­pact of the New­found­land Rail­way upon Car­bon­ear and its econ­omy for ap­prox­i­mately 86 years. Ar­ti­facts from that era along with knowl­edge­able in­ter­preters will in­form you of this his­toric era and add to your store of facts con­cern­ing the Rail­way c. 1898 - 1984 in Car­bon­ear.

Next you will be ush­ered into the first of two rooms that lit­er­ally take your breath away. Through six the­matic ar­eas which flow one into the other, you are car­ried along on an his­toric tide. The present fades as you are im­mersed into a past that pulls you into an un­for­get­table his­toric ex­pe­ri­ence:

This Ex­hibit is avail­able to vis­i­tors from July un­til Septem­ber 10 AM to 5 PM daily and also upon re­quest at other times dur­ing the year.

The Mu­seum is wheel­chair ac­ces­si­ble.

Photo by Terry Roberts/The Com­pass

The for­mer Car­bon­ear rail­way sta­tion is now op­er­ated as a mu­seum, and is home to a va­ri­ety of in­ter­est­ing ex­hibits.

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