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    • Foxs Knob  the highest point of land

    • Landscape;
    • There are many different types of hills in and around Branch knobs, hommocks, pinnacles, lookouts, knaps - each with their own characteristics and uses. The Foxs Knob is the highest point of land on the west side of St. Marys Bay. Hills are great...
    • Valleys Pond provides town water

    • Water Sources; Landscape;
    • Valleys Pond is the current town water source. It used to be a great place to catch mud trout like many ponds around Branch. People also hunt ducks and trap animals that hang around the gullies running in and out of ponds.
    • The Splink juts out from the cliff

    • Landscape;
    • The Splink is a rock vein that juts out of the cliff around the Pismire Gully waterfall, creating a small, private cove. Marina Gambin writes, My great-Aunt Aggie (Mooney) Singleton, St. Josephs, was almost 100 years old when she died. She told me...
    • The Kitchen Sink used for playing cubby

    • Landscape;
    • In from the Big Rock and the Cock O Wee Path, the Rocks of the Wester Cove transition into the Landwash through a stretch of relatively flat bedrock. Here the rock shelves are foundations for imaginary castles, oceanfront rooms and meandering...
    • Panoramic View of Branch from the Naked Man - 1965

    • Landscape; Towns;
    • Branch has a rich landscape where the mouth of Branch River opens out into a wide valley along the shoreline of Branch Cove. The Naked Man is the highest point of land in the Easter Cove. The term naked man is the local term for an Irish cairn (or...
    • Panoramic View of Branch from the Naked Man - 2007

    • Landscape;
    • The Hayjers Rock crowns the Wester Cove as it sits at Branch Head. The rugged shoreline bends in toward the Landwash and the Gut where the River channels into the ocean. Across the Gut, the shoreline of the Easter Cove starts on Back of the Beach...
    • Men gathered in their Sunday best on the Corner

    • People; Men; Ritual; Landscape;
    • In the early 1800s, todays Corner would have been the boundary of the Place. As the population grew, however, the Place extended beyond the Corner. As a central location, the Corner became a meeting place, particularly for the men and faithfully...
    • Fog shrouds the River Styx

    • Folk beliefs;
    • Branch is home to more than the human element. Fairies and those from other realms are known to inhabit places like the River Styx. Perhaps the fairies followed the first Irish settlers? The people of Branch have a respectful relationship with...
    • Cows on Packies Bonus

    • Employment; Vegetables;
    • During the Depression, residents were encouraged to clear land and were given a small government bonus for each acre cleared. Packie (Patrick) Power (1893-1965) cleared land above the Wester Cove, close to the Knap. This land became known as...
    • Stakes piled on the Big Hill

    • Architecture, building and construction; Vernacular architecture;
    • The tree-covered hills around Branch provide firewood and timber. Over the years, this local supply has been used to build houses and boats, horse slides and box carts, wharves and flakes, furniture and barrels. The Big Hill is known as a good...
    • Dam on John Englishs Gully

    • Architecture, building and construction;
    • John Englishs Gully was dammed in 1949 to provide the first municipal water supply. Marina Gambin writes her fathers response to her inquiry on Englishs identity, A fellow by the name of John English used to go out there in the summertime and strip...
    • One of the many fossils in the Rocks

    • Landscape; Archeology
    • In addition to a magical place for the young-hearted nature lover, the Rocks are home to a protected fossil site, remnants of life dating back 500 million years. Terry Fletcher writes, Since the description of the Cambrian trilobite Paradoxides...
    • Pismire Gully creates a waterfall near the Splink

    • Landscape; Livestock;
    • The Pismire Gully creates a waterfall on the cliff face close to the Splink. This gully was named for the abundance of ants (pismires) around its banks. Before it reaches the cliff face, the Pismire Gully provides convenient drinking water for...
    • MUNFLA Finding Aid, Bay Roberts, NL

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    • This is a finding aid of materials found in the Memorial University Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA) relating to Bay Roberts and surrounding areas. This finding aid relates to Bay Roberts and the surrounding areas of French’s...
    • Farmland alongside Roches Gulch

    • Landscape; Families;
    • Like that of Englishs Gulch, the land around Roches Gulch was cleared for farming in the 1800s. Patrick Roche (1803 1892) obtained the land as a wedding gift when he married Nellie English. The early Roches temporarily moved to the Gulch to escape...
    • Hussey, Dorothy. Dorothy Hussey Interview Excerpt B

    • Architecture, building and construction; Buildings; People; Personal experience narratives;
    • Transcript: ...the hotel they were fighting about up there. Why not? Progress.. those that are fighting about it are not Newfoundlanders. And they're not near the hotel. Sure, go ahead, do what you wants to do with it... Give people work......
    • Lucas, Ernest. Ernest Lucas Interview Excerpt L

    • People; Personal experience narratives;
    • Transcript: Lots of nice people... I don't think I've met a bad one yet... I don't think I did. Everyone's polite... foreigners are very very polite. Nobody's nasty anymore, I don't think. Not out around here anyway... They come from all over. ...

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