The town of Heart’s Content, site of the first successful trans-Atlantic cable in 1866, is one of the most historic communities in Newfoundland and Labrador. The cable redefined global communications, and was the first step toward the internet world of today. The town has made much progress in protecting and developing its heritage as we move toward becoming a world-class tourist destination. In just the last few years we’ve seen:
Designation of a Heritage District surrounding the Cable Station by Heritage NL
Restoration of Heyfield Church (1878) by the Mizzen Heritage Society as a performing arts center
Designation of the Heart’s Content lighthouse as a Heritage Lighthouse by the Government of Canada and development of the site by the Town
Development of the Transatlantic Park across from the cable station by NL Historic Sites
Restoration of the cable houses of 1885.
Restoration of the Mallam house as Mallamoore B&B
Restoration of a number of Western Union houses
Adoption of a municipal Heritage By-Law to designate and guide preservation and development of significant heritage properties
Opening of the Baccalieu Gallery
Addition of the Cable Station to Canada’s tentative list for designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Development of the Wye and the Mizzen Walking Trail
New projects will be introduced as scheduled by the new Heritage Interpretive and Landscape Development Plan.
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