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Grenfell Historic Properties
Ranked #2 of 20 things to do in St. Anthony
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Owner description: Grenfell Historic Properties operates the Grenfell Interpretation Centre, Grenfell Handicrafts, Lady Anne's Tea Room,The Grenfell House Museum, The Grenfell Dock and Tea House Hill. The Interpretation houses the gift shop, the tea room and an exhibit portraying the life of Sir Wilfred Thomason Grenfell.
Reviewed 17 September 2017

Grenfell cottage in St. Anthony is a beautifully restored house that Dr. Grenfell and his family lived in. A lot of the items located inside are original as this is a living museum. You can get up close and get a good look at many of the letters and awards given to Dr. Grenfell, as well as a lot of family heirlooms. Some of these include a picture signed by the Wright Brothers, letters from Theodore Roosevelt, and picture where he attended a garden party with Queen Elizabeth and King George VI. There are so many wonderful artifacts located in the house. Take your time and enjoy them.

There is also a hugh wooden porch surrounding the house with lots of trees. On a warm summer day, what a great place it would have been to hang out.

If in town, I would DEFINITELY RECOMMEND stopping by and checking out the house.

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Cynthia R, Manager at Grenfell Historic Properties, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2017

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Reviewed 14 September 2017

A visit to the Dr. Grenfell Interpretative Center located opposite the Curtis Hospital is a must for visitors in St. Anthonys. It takes a 2 level warehouse to show the role that Dr. Grenfell played in northern Newfoundland. These displays are varied from actual artifacts to photos but all have descriptive information boards explaining some aspect of Dr. Grenfell’s life and his contributions.

I was amazed at the contributions he made during his lifetime not only in his medical field like building a hospital and a health clinic, but also in other areas that would help fishermen improve their lifestyle like building a school for their children, establishing a fisherman’s cooperative so they could become free of the merchant's hold over them, encouraging women to sell their homemade products through another cooperative (still going strong in 2017), starting up a lumber mill for winter work, and suggesting ways to improve the fishermen's meager diet by experimenting with growing greenhouse vegetables and bringing in a herd of reindeer from Lapland. He funded these projects remarkably well through fundraising allowing donors to have a nameplate placed over items he had purchased with their donations.

Many of the displays were interesting like the chart which listed all of the goods Dr. Grenfell received as payment from his fishermen clients for his services instead of money. Also, his comments about the merchants who bitterly complained to government about the fishermen’s cooperative was so revealing about the relationship between fishermen and the merchant. Dr. Grenfell even had time to tell a story and illustrate it or to write on more serious topics. These numerous books were also on display. I enjoyed reading about the time he was set unexpectedly adrift on an ice floe and had to kill his dogs which had accompanied him in order to survive the brutal cold. The display of all of his medical equipment will also interest many visitors. Each visitor will no doubt have their favorite memory of something shown about Dr. Grenfell's life. This remarkable museum has professionally displayed items and printed information boards.

Allow at least an hour. There are 2 entry levels - one from the parking lot and the other from the dock. I enjoyed the attractive entry way with colorful blooming perennials and a statue of Dr. Grenfell overlooking them all.

2  Thank retireeVancouver
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Reviewed 14 September 2017

This property was great. The staff were very helpful, the place was clean and cheerful. The rooms were a nice size. I would definitely recommend this property.

Thank Susan B
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Cynthia R, Manager at Grenfell Historic Properties, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2017

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Reviewed 12 September 2017

We went through the house quickly after the visitor centre as staff were on their way out for lunch and we didn’t have a lot of time in St Anthony anyway. The location is not easy to find and not as obviously marked unless you know what you’re looking for. The house is hidden on a hill behind the hospital and behind trees. You need to pay for admissions at the visitor centre, I believe. The maintenance of the house is good with a good staging done with good explanations. We didn’t explore the grounds much because it was raining and cold so we just took a quick look around. I think it’s more extensive than it appears but there is considerable overgrowth of trees and bush. Worth to look around if you’ve got time after the visitor centre.

Thank Deborah K
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Cynthia R, Manager at Grenfell Historic Properties, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2017

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Reviewed 30 August 2017 via mobile

Learning about Sir Wilfred Grenfell was very interesting. Everything he brought to this region is very inspiring....definitely a must see!

Thank Paula H
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