Discover Brigus’ colourful history at the Stone Barn Museum, watch an artisan blacksmith work at Brigus Blacksmith, take in the summer blooms at Wilcox Gardens, or relax at Vindicator Park or Payne Family Park. Our sites have something for everyone! We offer guided tours of both the Stone Barn Museum and Pinkston Forge.
Brigus is approximately an hour’s drive from St. John’s. Several B&Bs, restaurants, and gift shops are located nearby, as well as portable public washrooms.
Ye Olde Stone Barn — The John N. Leamon Museum
The last of four stone buildings originally built in the 1820s, the barn was restored by the Brigus Historical & Conservation Society. In 1991, it was opened to the public as a museum. Today it proudly boasts numerous displays and artefacts which showcase the unique and interesting history of Brigus.
June 1st to Labour Day
Open Friday to Sunday 9:00-5:00 pm
$2.00 per person | $5.00 per family
By appointment from Labour day to end of May. Visits and group tours can be arranged. Please contact us at [email protected].
Step back in time—an authentic English forge built in 1889, steeped in the history of blacksmiths who were vital to the town’s founding in 1612.
Today, Brigus Blacksmith continues the tradition of hand-crafting unique pieces and sharing experiences in a forge built in 1889.
Experience life as a blacksmith, work with traditional hammers, anvils and chisels to forge raw steel.
Tour the working forge and hear first-hand the blacksmith’s unique perspective on the history of this craft in Brigus. You’ll have an up-close view of the handmade tools and traditional hand-pumped bellows—artifacts that remain exactly as they were found in an authentic English side-blast forge.
• Single and group tours 30 to 60 minutes long may be customized.
Expert blacksmiths have bent metal to their will on Newfoundland’s rugged shores for centuries. Today, Kyle Downey hand-crafts unique pieces by traditional methods. With family history in Brigus dating back to the 1700s, Kyle was naturally drawn to the forge.
Admission for the Brigus Blacksmith is free for 2020!
This also includes the next store Stone Barn. Workshops have a separate admission cost.
Contact us at 709.680.2180 or [email protected].
Payne Family Park
A family park near the beach suitable for picnics or recreation. The park is the former site of the Anglican Manse. A storyboard related to the history of the site can be found at the park.
The newspaper, The Vindicator & Brigus Reporter, was published here from 1898 to 1903, and was on sale every Wednesday on the streets of Brigus for 1 cent per copy. The building was constructed of stone and brick around 1820. The outline now remains of the original stone structure. Photos of the complete structure, as well as copies of the newspaper, may be seen at the Stone Barn Museum. A storyboard detailing the seafaring history of Brigus appears on this site.
This site was donated by the Wilcox family, who occupied a dwelling on the property since the mid-1800s and is now one of a select few designated peace parks of Canada. Today the gardens are enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. The Gardens are known as the place of a thousand blooms and has fittingly become a popular location to rent for weddings and other celebrations because of its whimsical atmosphere. If interested in renting please contact us by email: [email protected].
Brigus is known as a place where you never have to retrace your steps.
Self-Directed Walking Tours
Brigus Heritage has three designed self-directed walking tours – download maps at the links below or pick them up at the Stone Barn Museum.
Churches, Around the Boilers, and Vindicator Lane
The Inner Harbour and Rattley Row
Irishtown, South Street and Hawthorne
Guided Walking Tours
We offer walking tours. Each tour is guided and takes the tourist on a journey around Brigus. The tour showcases the different buildings and locations that played an essential role in Brigus’ history.
July and August Daily
Time: 2pm & 3pm
Length: Approximately 1 hour (about 1.7 km)
Cost: $5.00 per person
Starting Place: The Ye Olde Stone Barn Museum.
Please contact us at [email protected] if you would like further information, group rates or to book a tour. Tours can be booked any time of year!