Sunday, July 27, 2014

Looking for the Stones of Stones Cove

On our way to Lobster Cove in Long Harbour we stopped at the location of the resettled community of Stones Cove.  First we cooked lunch and then Dean, Hazen, Neville and I had a look around.  All that's left of the community are concrete foundations and a some rotting lumber.

Here, a set of steps must have led into a house.

Concrete monoliths stand alone now in the grass where once a community of almost 200 persons lived.  The census for 1921 listed 191 persons living in 36 households.

Here lie the remains of the community church.

Another remnant of pillars and notches to accept the wood for the structure above it.

Some of the more numerous names found on the census include Elms, Bond, Pope and Hatch.  But, oddly enough, no people with the name Stone.

This house was well up on the hill with a fine view out over the cove.

This was the only building with rotting wood still laying around.  My guess it was the old schoolhouse.

A lone marker stands guard over the former community.  It was erected in loving memory to John T. Price who was 29 years old when he drowned off of Long Harbour Point on November 8, 1911.

This is an old photo of Stones Cove taken by E.H. Vokey on September 14, 1939 from the book "Places Lost" by Scott Walden.  Its a must read for anyone interested in resettled Newfoundland communities and I highly recommend it.

Walden writes " According to local lore, Crants Cove was settled in the very early nineteenth century by two families, the Crants and the Stones.  After a forest fire cleared trees in a nearby cove, the Stones moved over the separating hill to what came to be called Stones Cove."

The Stones must have moved on because none were listed in the census of 1921.  There are no Stones there now, only rocks.  Another settlement with its memories lost to history.

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