The Community of Blaketown, NL


Some Stats on Blaketown:
    Latitude, Decimal: 47.475
    Longitude, Decimal: -53.547
    Population: 605
    Total Dwellings: 306
    Total Land Area: 19.94 Square km
    Federal Electoral District (MP): Bonavista - Burin - Trinity
    Provincial Electoral District (MHA): Placentia - St. Mary's
    Telephone Code: 759 - Markland - Greens Harbour
    Postal Code: A0B 1C0
    Location: 1km off T.C.H., turn off at Whitbourne Jct. on Route 80  (Exit 28)
        60 Min from Clarenville, 45 from St. John's

   
Located between Whitbourne and South Dildo, on the Avalon Peninsula in Trinity Bay South is the inland community Blaketown. Local tradition states the name Blaketown originated from the phrase "By-the-Lake-Town" (Dildo Pond representing the lake). Blaketown is built on one side of Dildo Pond in a forest area.

Officially, the settlement was first called the Dildo Agriculture Road and Dildo Pond. This community was the result of an experiment in farming of the first effort in government-sponsored resettlement in Newfoundland which was founded by the administration of Robert Thorburn in 1887. In 1888, the name was changed to Blaketown in honour or Sir Henry Arthur Blake (Governor of Newfoundland at this time). Thorburn's plans to expand the economy and create employment resulted in the community of Blaketown.

In the beginning it was set up to encourage agriculture and lumbering, and contract payment for clearing land was offered as a motivation for settlement. Parcels of land were surveyed, however, land-clearing by contract failed to attract enough settlers. The work force of Blaketown was primarily fishermen, not farmers; the soil that was too poor to support full-time farming, resulting in Blaketown being unsuccessful as an experiment in agriculture.

Although the Government provided funds for the moving of families to Blaketown, no support was provided for the re-training the settlers In farming methods, and as a result, the residents relied upon more traditional work in fishing (from South Dildo) and lumbering.

Other branches of employment created in the area because of the mink industry included: the whale factory and fishmeal plant at Dildo, the commercial fishery and blueberry industry (offshoot from the cold storage facilities that were built).


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Blaketown Pages:

1898 Census

1921 Census

History Timeline

Services & Attractions

New School Contract

(Crescent Collegiate)

 

Blaketown Sites:

Baccalieu Trail

Crescent's Blaketown Page

Government of NFLD-LAB

Newfoundland Tourism

Trans Canada Highway

Trans Canada Trail