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    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • Men splitting fish on the wharf Across the Gut

    • Cod fishing; Commercial fishing; Fishers; Fishing;
    • Until the mid-1970s, salt cod was the main fish product from Branch. The catch was landed, gutted and split on the marginal wharves along the Gut. In earlier years, marginal wharves and fish stages lined the Gut on both sides. The east side was...
    • Gathering kelp on Back of the Beach

    • Gardens; Landscape; Vegetables;
    • The Back of the Beach (as well as the Landwash) is a great place to collect kelp used to fertilize vegetable gardens, flower gardens and grass. Capelin is another natural fertilizer found on Back of the Beach and in the Landwash.
    • Contraption used to get drinking water from Kerrys Spout

    • Water Springs
    • Kerrys Spout is a cold water spring located along the east shoreline beyond the Back of the Beach. Oral tradition has it that a British man named Kingspear moved to Branch at the same time as Thomas Nash and settled in the Easter Cove. Little is...
    • Easter Cove Hill

    • Architecture, building and construction;
    • The road on the Easter Cove Hill is part of Route 92 locally known as North Harbour Road. Route 92 connects Branch with communities at the head of St. Marys Bay and was completed in 1975. Route 100 which meets Route 92 in the Place, connects...
    • A view of the Place from across the River

    • Families; Towns;
    • Oral tradition has it that several years after settling in Branch, Thomas Nash returned to Ireland to perform his Easter duties, there being no priests in the area at the time. On his return, he was joined by two friends, Bill English and Nix...
    • View of Out the Road

    • Landscape; Families; Entertainment and recreation;
    • Passing Jimmys Hill moving inland, you are no longer Over the Road, you are Out the Road. This area of Branch is settled mostly by recent generations and there is more variety in family names. From the mid-1960s until the late-1980s, Out the Road...
    • The Hayjers Rock stands at the entrance to Branch Cove

    • Landscape;
    • The Hayjers Rock, standing solitary at the tip of the Wester Cove, is the iconic landmark of Branch - a reminder of the play between land and ocean, and a bedrock symbol of Home for generations. In the time of the first settlers, this rock was...
    • 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...
    • Englishs Gulch flows past meadows on the way to the River

    • Landscape; Livestock; Vegetables;
    • Two Gulches adjacent to the Flats on the east side of the River provide valuable farming land as well as great places for the nature lover to explore. Englishs Gulch, the gulch closer to the ocean, was one of the tracts of land cleared in Branch in...
    • Wave-tossed boulders in the Rocks

    • Landscape;
    • The narrow shoreline at the base of the cliffs in the Wester Cove is a magical, natural playground, expanding and contracting with ocean tides and swells. This shoreline is known as the Rocks, referring to the many rocks of myriad shapes, colors...
    • Country Path

    • Landscape;
    • Footpaths leading out from the Place have been created over the years as hunters, anglers, berry pickers and hikers have walked to and from their favourite spots. The Country Path opens up the area known as the Country, north and east of the River.
    • 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...
    • A skiff going in the Gut

    • Boats; Landscape; Towns;
    • The Gut has been the industrial hub of the fishery in Branch since the 1790s. Although the term gut refers specifically to the channel of water at the mouth of the River, the general area around the channel is also known as the Gut. The channel...
    • Young people gather for a time on the Bridge

    • Entertainment and recreation;
    • Branch is known for its large number of singers, musicians and other artists, many carrying on the oral tradition of their Irish ancestors. In the 1950s and early-1960s, before the Shamrock Lounge was opened, people often gathered for a time in the...

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