Port Union National Historic District

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Port Union National Historic District

Port Union National Historic District
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driscolldebbie
Paradise, Canada4 contributions
The historic district is a must see if you are interested in history. There is. Guided walking tour, but you an also walk around all the sites yourself. People are very friendly and will try to answer any of your questions. They are very well informed.
Written August 15, 2020
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springbanktraveller
Callgary775 contributions
The historic section is a small area. The only viable building is the Fisherman's Union Advocate Building but it was closed when we were there. The main street buildings look as if they are being restored but on the street behind they are all falling down. The home of William Ford Coaker who was the builder of this employee union town is sited just above the old town and is in good repair. Also closed for the season.
Written October 11, 2019
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siddy666
Montreal, Canada244 contributions
Family
North America's first union-built town is worth visiting for multiple reasons
- get a better sense of Newfoundland's history, especially with regards to cod fishing.(and the associate union)
- see a bona-fide "ghost-town"...makes for some great pictures!
Visiting this site shouldn't take up more than hour; if driving up to Bonavista, I would highly recommend stopping here
Written July 27, 2019
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Eugene F
Swanzey, NH325 contributions
Couples
Nice town to spend an hour walking around in. Mr. Coaker was a champion for the fishing community, and those who make their living from the sea. Ahead of his time, this town was the first completely union owned municipality. Hope there will be further restoration.
Written June 25, 2019
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Colleen N
Boise, ID1,074 contributions
Friends
This town has a fascinating history and we enjoyed visiting and hearing about Mr. Coaker who was responsible for creating a union, many thriving businesses and a booming economy in this area in the early 1900s.
Written June 12, 2019
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Traveldaze08
Seattle, Washington33 contributions
Interesting stop to learn the story of this community and the man who built it. Catch the tour of the factory building.
Written May 27, 2019
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twoinmaine
Belfast, ME527 contributions
Couples
Took a short side trip into the Port Union Historic District on our way from Bonavista to Trinity, and spent a pleasant hour here walking through the compact historical district to the small museum and along the waterfront. The history of this place (built by a union, much restored to its late 1800's/early 1900's appearance) is worth some of your time. A nearby women's craft shop on the main road is also worth a stop for homemade jams and jellies and a look at the local crafts.
Written February 1, 2019
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CatharineB
Ottawa, Canada497 contributions
Couples
Port Union’s name to fame is being North America’s only Union built town. Not much was open when we visited as tours ended the end of August.

The town was founded in 1916 where the union’s trading company, salt fish plant and electric company were headquartered.

The Heritage Foundation has been steadily working to restore the site including the company houses. We spent some time just walking the historic streets. It reminded me of walking thru a western ghost town.

We learned that Port Union became a bustling community with import/export business, branch railway, shipyard, salt fish plant, retail store, school, health care and a theatre.
Headquarters of the Fisherman’s Protective Union whose goal was to improve the lives of people in Newfoundland and Labrador. Their efforts fighting for fair pay and abolishing the trade system can still be seen today.
Written September 21, 2018
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Norman Glen D
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Family
The Factory, the workers houses and The Bungalow were fascinating places to visit. Make sure you take the guided tour inside The Factory and The Bungalow. It is an amazing place for anyone interested in the history of Newfoundland. Some people will simply be fascinated by the old machinery in The Factory and the beautiful collection of items in The Bungalow.
Written August 21, 2018
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4pence
Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada21 contributions
Family
Very interesting historic town where one can learn all about William Coaker and his influence on the area . He created the first Fishermen's Union and provided employment through the production of a local newspaper.
Written July 29, 2018
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