Millertown - Newfoundland and Labrador

Millertown, nestled on the southeast shore of Red Indian Lake, is where the Beothuk Indians once inhabited as their winter encampment. It was here where Demasduit (Mary March) was captured and then later returned for burial among her people following her death. A visit to nearby Indian Point will take you back in time. It is sometimes referred to as Bloody Point because this was where Captain Buchan left his two Marines who were beheaded while attempting to meet and make amends with the Beothuk following the trek up the Exploits River in 1811. Here, at Indian Point you will read and view early recordings and maps by Shanawdithit the last surviving Beothuk woman who died in 1829. Also, you can see Mamateeks and a typical smoke house, similar to those used by the Beothuk

Millertown was named for its founder Lewis Miller from Creiff, Scotland, who came here in search of pine forests to supply his proposed sawmills in 1900. Later, the community became a model town and a major logging centre for the Anglo Newfoundland Development Company.

Be sure to bring a camera for there is wildlife to see, the Iron Wheel from the steam engine used to generate power for the mills, and the century old community Church built by Miller for his early Swedish and Newfoundland workers. A brief walk to the lookout site will offer a breathtaking view of the town and Red Indian Lake.

Regardless, if you wish to enjoy the peaceful tranquility of Millertown, chat with friendly residents, take an excursion to Exploits Dam to see the salmon elevator, wa1k the sandy beaches, or stroll the newly opened Millertown T'Railway to Buchans Junction, you will leave with the fondest of memories and photos to prove it.

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