CARBONEAR HERITAGE SOCIETY
With its landmark island, its harbour and its streetscapes, Carbonear boasts beautiful vernacular architecture, so in 1979, when it appeared that possibly one of its historic properties was being sold and its fate undecided, a group of concerned citizens met and made a commitment to protect and preserve the heritage of their town. On February 19, 1979, the Carbonear Heritage Society was formed with an affirmation 'to protect and preserve Carbonear’s natural and built heritage.’
This small group would be responsible for raising the heritage consciousness of the community. The society became a member of other umbrella groups within the heritage sector and could therefore avail of numerous workshops on issues pertinent to heritage preservation.
The Society now has a permanent home in the Old Post Office located at 182 Water Street. The building houses an exhibit, genealogy records and is a historic resource centre. It is open every summer during July and August.