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Greenspond Historical Society

The Greenspond Historical Society was founded in 1997 to commemorate the Newfoundland and Labrador provincial Cabot 500 celebrations and to commemorate the 300th anniversary of European settlers in Greenspond. Our mission is to preserve, present and promote the built and cultural heritage of Greenspond and area.

Greenspond, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada

The community of Greenspond is located on the northeast coast of the island of Newfoundland on the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Beothuk and Mi’kmaq.  European settlement in the 1690s makes Greenspond one of the oldest continuously inhabited outports on the island. Many of the community’s first settlers came from the counties of Devon and Dorset in England’s West Country and southern Ireland.

Greenspond was long known as the “Capital of the North”, having become a major trading centre due to its proximity to main sea lanes. A substantial in-shore fishery and land-based seal hunt developed. By the 19th century, Greenspond was also a major supply centre and clearing house for the Labrador fishery and had acquired the services and facilities of a bustling commercial town. Its population reached almost 2000 by the turn of the 20th century. Throughout its history, the church served as the heart of the community.

The town of Greenspond was incorporated in 1951 and received the municipal services that status entailed. In 1983, it was joined by a causeway to the nearby mainland, allowing improved access for both residents and visitors. The 21st century has witnessed a substantial rise in tourism, particularly during the summer months, along with small businesses catering to tourists and local residents and their families. However, the fishery remains the foundation of the local economy.

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