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Our Goal

As we all look forward to what the New Year will bring, we are writing to ask that you also look back and think of those who came before us. We are seeking your support for an ambitious project of the Trinity Historical Society (THS) to restore the headstones in the churchyard at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Trinity, NL, and are making a special appeal to those of you who have ancestors buried in the churchyard. These headstones are our connection to some of the earliest settlers in Newfoundland and a reminder of our history. Restoring these headstones is a way of remembering and paying homage to those who endured so much to make this rugged and often inhospitable place our home.

To learn more about our “Adopt a Headstone” Project. We kindly ask that you take a moment to read about this important initiative, and that you consider making a contribution to help with the associated costs.

Thank you for your consideration.

Kevin Toope and Ian Morris, Project Co-leads

Click here to check out an update on the Adopt a Headstone project from Black Cat Cemetery Preservation.

Click here to watch a video interview.

Click here to listen an interview by CBC Radio Cross Talk show.


Trinity Historical Society gratefully acknowledges the funding support received in the amount of $13,000.00 for this project from the Come Home Year 2002 Cultural Funding program of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Donation presented by Right Worshipful Brother Gerald Spurrell on behalf of Union Lodge #28 Grand Lodge NL in memory of Rev. Dr. John Clinch, founding member of Union Lodge of Trinity #698. The Lodge was formed in Trinity in 1795 by merchants agents and chief employees, master-mariners and other members of Amity Lodge of Poole, who had settled and made Trinity home. The Rev. Dr. John Clinch, a member of Lodge Amity in Poole, was a founding member and first master of Union Lodge of Trinity. Meetings were held in the local Court House with social events taking place in members homes – the Anchorage belonging to Capt. Richard Ash and the Lester-Garland House.