Commissariat House, Provincial Historic Site, St. John's

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  • August 15, 2017
    Well worth a visit. I spent ten days in Newfoundland and learned more about it's history after spending an hour at this site than throughout the rest of the holiday. The guides here provided a very in...  more »
  • July 28, 2017
    A charming look into a piece of St John's history with interesting parallels to modern times. The house is set up to look as it did in 1829 with information about the political climate of the times.  more »
  • June 28, 2017
    A very well kept historical or heritage building where public viewing is available during tourist season. We went to a small concert performance. Candle lights were used as there were no actual electr...  more »
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  • January 20, 2016
    Unlike other historical heritage sites that simply list the history, the commerce, the furniture, etc., this attraction utilizes a great sociological spin (as is represented by a sign that states: No Antique Roadshow here!) The colonial presence is certainly represented but so too is the dissidence of the locals who brought change through civil disobedience, use of the predominant media at the time (new papers), and powerful petition writing. I was pleasantly surprised how the displays brought to life these aspects of St. John's culture in that era. When you pay admission you are also allowed to tour the Newman Wine Vaults in town.

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To appreciate the history and colorful architecture of North America's oldest colonial city, there's no better place to stay than in the city center. This popular neighborhood displays the city's iconic, brightly painted Victorian houses, with a selection of guesthouses and inns clustered around Government House. Staying just west of the city center, near the Memorial University of Newfoundland, works as a pleasant alternative, with the expansive Pippy Park right at your doorstep.
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