Bleak House Museum

Fogo, Fogo Island

The Bleak House was built in 1816 for John Slade, one of the most influential merchants in the Newfoundland fish trade. By mid-century, the home was taken over by Slade and Co.'s former bookkeeper; when he retired, it was bought by his partner, Henry Earle. Earle Sons and Company operated a successful import-export business for many years, but were forced to close following the collapse of the Labrador fishery. Original artifacts showcase how the merchant class lived during this era.

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The Bleak House Museum sits on an expansive tract of land, overlooking the harbour and community of Fogo. The gardens offer a beautiful picnic area, and playground for children. The Bleak House is a Registered Heritage Structure, and was the first building in the province to be restored under the Heritage Foundation's restoration program. In 1988, the Bleak House received the Southcott Award, which recognizes excellence in preserving architectural heritage in Newfoundland and Labrador.

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32-36 North Shore Road , Fogo
49.7149, -54.2866 (Download GPX)
Jun 1 - Sep 30
+1 (709) 627 3570
+1 (709) 266 1320
+1 (709) 266 1323


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