COLONY OF AVALON IS OPENING JUNE 13TH FOR THE 2022 SEASON.
Looking for adventure after a long few years inside? Join us at the Colony of Avalon to Tour, Dig, Discover. Tour our grounds with breathtaking 360 views on the ocean and walk through history as our guides take you into the 17th Century kitchen. Dig in the active archaeological site which has uncovered over 2 million artifacts to date with our Archaeologist For A Day Program (Beginning June 29th, 2022). Discover all that history has to teach you.
Please stay tuned for our Great Colonial Cook-off beginning in July and follow us on social media as we dig deep to bring our finds and 17th century recipes to your home. #ExploreNL #ExploreCanada
See you soon!
Kate Pitcher (Executive Director)
REAL HISTORY. REAL TIME.
With every scrape of an archaeologist’s trowel, stirring of a pot, or planting of a seed, we’re coming a little bit closer to understanding the history of the Colony and the lives of the people who lived here.
Established in 1621 by Sir George Calvert (the First Lord Baltimore), the Colony of Avalon is widely recognized as the best preserved early English colonial site in North America. Today, on-going work at the Colony is changing the way we understand that past.
Think early Newfoundlanders lived in hovels on a diet of fish, fish and more fish? Think all Catholics were persecuted and women were second class citizens? Think again! Imagine a place where substantial stone and timber-frame houses lined a “prettie” cobblestone street, where protestants AND catholics worshipped in peace, and a woman held most of the power!
Join our on-going quest to uncover the Colony. It’s all happening right here, right now, right before your eyes. Want to see how you can become an archeologist for a day, 1/2 day, or an hour? Click here: Archaeology Dig Programs
CHECK OUT WHAT WE’VE DISCOVERED.
Our work has unearthed a portion of Calvert’s mansion, the remains of a bakery/brewhouse, cobblestone street, warehouse, forge, well, sea wall, a sea-flushed privy and close to two million artifacts. Pretty impressive considering archaeologists have uncovered just over a third of Calvert’s original 4 acre site.
We always have something going on. Bring yourself, or bring the whole family. We’ll keep you entertained.
Activities for the kids, an update from our archaeologists, 17th century cooking, local music, and a whole lot more. Check out what’s on the go by clicking on our calendar to the right.