|Chair Lift - Siki Bennett Memorial Stadium|
|We wish to advise our residents/visitors that the Chair Lift at Siki Bennett Memorial Stadium is currently out of order. There are very limited available companies on the Island that service Chair Lifts outside of St. John's. We have made .... [Read more]|
|Updated: Friday, November 16, 2018 3:09 pm|
|Curb Stop Water Shut Offs|
|The Town of St. George's wishes to advise our residents that only emergency related curb stop water shut offs will occur during the period 1 December, 2018 and 30 April, 2019. Freezing during the cold winter months can cause water line breakage .... [Read more]|
|Updated: Friday, November 16, 2018 2:55 pm|
|Town of St. George's Family Christmas Party|
|Please see poster to the left regarding the Town of St. George's Family Christmas Party being held 9 December, 2018 12:30 to 2:30 pm at the Siki Bennett Memorial Stadium.
|Updated: Friday, November 16, 2018 12:14 pm|
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|The Town of St. George's (Incorporated in 1965) is located on the Southwest coast of St. George's Bay. St. George's (originally known as South Side or Little Bay) has its origins in the French fishery of the seventeenth century when the harbour would attract fishermen to spend the summer in the area and return to France for the winter months. Permanently settled in the eighteenth century, the community remained a fishing village for nearly 200 years until the advent of the railroad. |
Sandy Point, a small uninhabited island a few hundred meters offshore from St. George's has a great deal of historical significance to the settlers in St. George's. In the 1700's and 1800's, Sandy Point was the commercial center of the West Coast of Newfoundland, until the railway went through in 1898. Because of the work that the railway created and the rapid transportation of goods, many people from Sandy Point settled at St. George's around the train station (commonly referred to as The Tank). The new settlement of St. George's rapidly became more prominent than Sandy Point.
St. George's grew rapidly and soon became a major center. The town became the distributor of goods for the surrounding area and the Port au Port Peninsula, as supplies were being delivered to the peninsula by the St. George’s Steamship Company. The St. George’s Lumber Company and Captain Sam Butt’s Cooperage operation were strong local businesses. Fishing, lumbering, and farming were the primary occupations and lobster factories also operated there. A brewery/distillery operated at Man'O War Brook for a short time at the turn of the century. The community also became the seat for the magistrate for the area and a courthouse was constructed.
St. George’s was the most prominent town in the Bay St. George area until the early 1900's. With the coming of the Ernest Harmon Air Force Base in Stephenville in 1941, Stephenville eventually replaced St. George's as the market center and Stephenville Crossing became the trans-shipment point for goods going to Stephenville by rail.
Early Photos of Our Town
|The town of St. George's invites you to visit our special Facebook page to view photos taken before 1985 - of our people, our buildings, our town. It's always fun to reminisce on how things used to be and to 'remember when'.|
If you happen to locate some of your own older photos of our community, we welcome you to share them here.
[Visit St. George's Photos Facebook Page]