CAR­BON­EAR HER­ITAGE SO­CI­ETY

The Compass - - TOWN OF CARBONEAR -

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.

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