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Mercantile Premises

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Address: Highway 230, Trinity, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
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Interesting visit

Great guides to explain how the business operated in the past and nicely presented set up. Stayed around 20 minutes to hear about Trinity's trading past.

Reviewed 25 August 2014
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Northern Alberta
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49 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2016

After all the advertising about the Trinity area as a historic site worth visiting to learn more about life back in the day, I was very disappointed. There are a few reconstructed buildings with reproduced items and with staff that aren't too sure about the history of the area. Trinity has an interesting division - Provincial Historic buildings and local... More 

Thank Lorri W
St. John's
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57 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2016

Stores and stages lined the shore and ships filled the harbour! Over the centuries, in this one remaining mercantile building clerks totted up accounts first for the lesters, then for the garlands and finally for the ryans. Basically the fisher people would trade there fish for supplies and goods. The merchant would get high prices for Salt Codfish in England,... More 

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238 reviews
114 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2016

Loved it in here as it shows you exactly what a general store was like during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The guide was excellent explaining all about the items that would have been stored in the shop and the history of the store including the families who ran the store. The guide was extremely knowledgable.

Thank jacqui43
Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
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78 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2016

Spent the full day in Trinity visiting all the touristy spots. Mercantile Premises was an interesting stop.

Thank DaNLTravellers
Mississauga, Canada
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175 reviews
107 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2016

With our Season Passes in hand, our next stop after Trinity Visitor Centre was the Mercantile Premises. It is the shop-side of the Lester-Garland Premises duplex now restored as a general store (circa 1910) with large storefront display windows, partly-stocked floor-to-ceiling wooden shelves and long wide counters so visitors can see what it looked like back then. It was a... More 

Thank baroom
Vernon, Connecticut
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265 reviews
170 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2015

When you go in, it looks a little sparse. However, there was a great interpreter who gave a very interesting talk about the "truck" system, and the life in town in the days gone by. Overall, I found Ryan Premises in Bonavista more interesting. However, if in Trinity, make this a stop. We only purchased a Parks Canada pass, which... More 

Thank Eugene F
Wasaga Beach, Canada
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312 reviews
190 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2015

This is a neat old building from the past with tons of history inside worthy of a picture inside as well as outside Show how business was conducted in the past

Thank Doug M
Cornelia, Georgia
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97 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 July 2015

When I walked in, I thought there wasn't much to see, but the guide had so much to say that I stayed longer than expected and learned about the mercantile-- he was generous with time and information.

Thank NewEnglandinGeorgia
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106 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2014

Great guides to explain how the business operated in the past and nicely presented set up. Stayed around 20 minutes to hear about Trinity's trading past.

Thank Eurofolk
Austin, Texas
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17 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2014

A step back in time to one shop shopping. The tour guides are locals and they have so much to share. My sister and I were the only visitors and they told us stories and made us feel free to ask questions They took the lace and buttons out of the case and described how they were made so long... More 

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