Ferryland - Newfoundland and Labrador

Route 10
Coordinates: 47.0215° N, 52.8896° W

While there is some disagreement over the origin of the name, early French fishermen referred to the area as Forillon which meant "standing out of separated from the mainland", this evolved to become Ferryland. Colony of Avalon: Name was chosen in honour of old Avalon in Somersetshire, England where Christianity is believed to have taken root in the UK.

English settlers predominated in the early 17th century, later to be followed by Irish Catholics in the 18th and 19th century.

Interesting Facts
  • 1500s, Spanish, Portuguese, French and English fishermen begin visiting the area on an annual basis.
  • 1621, twelve colonists under the direction of Captain Edward Wynne begin construction at the Colony of Avalon.
  • 1628, Lord Baltimore (George Calvert) arrives to oversee the colony and brings with him 2 priests to establish the first English speaking Catholic mission in the British Territories of North America.
  • 1629, Lord Baltimore leaves to found Maryland at Chesapeake Bay.
  • 1637, Charles I awards the Grant of Newfoundland to Sir David Kirke, who soon becomes the first fish merchant of Newfoundland.
  • 1865, Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church is built. It is one of the last old stone churches to be built in Newfoundland.
  • 1871, Ferryland Head lighthouse is built.

Genealogy Information

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