Start your visit to historic Trinity here at the Visitors’ Centre where you will be able to buy your tickets and find out more about all that Trinity has to offer.
Reconstructed in 1996-97 to the design, structure and architectural details of the house first built in the 1760s and refurbished in 1819, this Georgian style house was the first structure of its kind in the province. Home to the Poole-Newfoundland based mercantile families of the Lesters and Garlands it was taken down in the 1960s and rebuilt by the efforts of the Trinity Trusts in England and Canada and is used today as a museum, learning centre and home of the archival collection of the Trinity Historical Society.
This peaceful village was once a bustling trade centre. Stores and stages lined the shore and ships filled the harbour. Over the centuries, in this one remaining mercantile building clerks totted up accounts first for the Lesters, then for the Garlands, and finally for the Ryans.
Transportation and storage of fish and other goods was a crucial part of living in outports during the early years. It would be the local coopers skilled hands to make casks and tubs for this essential task. He could also make and repair essential items such as benches, buckets and piggins. Drop by to see what our cooper is making today.
Green Family Forge
The Green family worked as blacksmiths in Trinity from the 1750s to 1955. Ada Nemec (nee Green) donated the forge containing a collection of tools used for six generations of her family. The present smithy was built between 1895 & 1900 and is unusually large – four blacksmiths could work here. This site is fully operational as a living history museum. Drop in to see what our blacksmith may be making today and purchase some of his wares.
Outport families had to be self-sufficient. Emma Hiscock moved into her new house as a bride and named it for the tree she planted by the door. Just a few years later she was left a widow with six children to support. Shop-keeper, postmistress, landlady ….. Emma was an entrepreneur.
St. Paul’s, Anglican Church
This place of quiet beauty in gothic revival style was built between 1892-94. Copies of Stephen C. Earle’s architectural drawings for the church are in the north porch. St. Paul’s is the third church on this site. Its records of baptisms, marriages and burials are the oldest in the province dating from 1753. The adjacent burial ground is worth a visit. There you will find the oldest headstone (Francis Squibb, 1763) a member of the first church congregation and one of the first Justices of the Peace.
Built in the 1880s in salt box style by the DeGrish family, the building was acquired by the Trinity Historical Society and used as a museum since 1967 – the oldest outside St. John’s. It houses a collection of over 2,000 artifacts donated by people of the Trinity area and elsewhere. You can learn mat hooking and other traditional crafts when you pay us a visit.
Roman Catholic Church
For a small outport Trinity was very blessed to have three churches: Church of England, Methodist and Catholic. The Church of the Most Holy Trinity was built in 1833. In 1880, a bell tower was added. It now stands as the oldest wooden church in Newfoundland.
The Methodist School is a small, one room building. Built during the mid-to late 1800s it was used as a meeting house and classroom by the Methodist community in Trinity. It was purchased by the Society of United Fishermen (SUF) in the 1950s and was used by that fraternity until it was purchased by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador in the 1980s. The Methodist Church was located directly above the school on higher ground and it was visible from the ocean as mariners used it as a landmark. The church was taken down in 1935, but the schoolhouse stands today as a reminder of this time.
With the need for a new cemetery, the Mortuary Chapel was built in 1880. One of only two in the province, this chapel contains seven stained glass windows that are placed in memory of those that lost their lives during the First World War.
Rising Tide Theatre
In the summer of 2000 Rising Tide Theatre opened the Rising Tide Theatre Arts Centre which is located on Green's Point where there has been an enterprise since William Taverner first staked his plantation in 1700. For at least 300 years the business of Newfoundland was transacted here and Rising Tide is proud to be a part of the recreation and preservation of that tradition. Please visit our theatre and let us share with you the stories of our beloved Newfoundland and Labrador. Our box office is located just inside the door of the theatre. Plays run seven nights a week.
Court House and Gaol
Constructed in 1903, the structure is similar to other government buildings of the day in Greenspond, Bonavista and Placentia. In addition to the court and jail, the building housed the police constable and his family, the Customs House, the Magistrate’s Office and the Post & Telegraph Office. Today it’s home of Aunt Sarah’s Chocolate and Sweet Rock Ice Cream production facility.