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Welcome to St. George's
Welcome to St. George's


PUBLIC NOTICE NOMINATION OF CANDIDATES Municipality of St. George's. Nominations of candidates for election to the council for the municipality of St.George's will be received between the hours of 8:00am and 8:00 .... [Read more]

Updated: Friday, August 18, 2017   2:17 pm



PERMITS REQUIRED
This is to notify our residents that a General Repair Permit is required for all repairs on your residence including exterior painting, replacement/repair of siding, replacement/repair of windows, repairs to decks & fencing and any .... [Read more]
Updated: Friday, August 18, 2017   11:27 am



Precautionary Boil Order Haye's Lane
We wish to advise our residents that a precautionary boil order is in effect for Haye's Lane. Residents of Haye's Lane will be advised when the boil order has been lifted. We apologize for any inconvenience caused to our residents .... [Read more]
Updated: Thursday, August 17, 2017   4:40 pm


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Town History

The Town of St. George's (Incorporated in 1965) is located on the Southwest coast of St. George's Bay. St. George's (originally known as South Side or Little Bay) has its origins in the French fishery of the seventeenth century when the harbour would attract fishermen to spend the summer in the area and return to France for the winter months. Permanently settled in the eighteenth century, the community remained a fishing village for nearly 200 years until the advent of the railroad.

Sandy Point, a small uninhabited island a few hundred meters offshore from St. George's has a great deal of historical significance to the settlers in St. George's. In the 1700's and 1800's, Sandy Point was the commercial center of the West Coast of Newfoundland, until the railway went through in 1898. Because of the work that the railway created and the rapid transportation of goods, many people from Sandy Point settled at St. George's around the train station (commonly referred to as The Tank). The new settlement of St. George's rapidly became more prominent than Sandy Point.

St. George's grew rapidly and soon became a major center. The town became the distributor of goods for the surrounding area and the Port au Port Peninsula, as supplies were being delivered to the peninsula by the St. George’s Steamship Company. The St. George’s Lumber Company and Captain Sam Butt’s Cooperage operation were strong local businesses. Fishing, lumbering, and farming were the primary occupations and lobster factories also operated there. A brewery/distillery operated at Man'O War Brook for a short time at the turn of the century. The community also became the seat for the magistrate for the area and a courthouse was constructed.

St. George’s was the most prominent town in the Bay St. George area until the early 1900's. With the coming of the Ernest Harmon Air Force Base in Stephenville in 1941, Stephenville eventually replaced St. George's as the market center and Stephenville Crossing became the trans-shipment point for goods going to Stephenville by rail.


Early Photos of Our Town

The town of St. George's invites you to visit our special Facebook page to view photos taken before 1985 -  of our people, our buildings, our town. It's always fun to reminisce on how things used to be and to 'remember when'.

If you happen to locate some of your own older photos of our community, we welcome you to share them here.

[Visit St. George's Photos Facebook Page]




Town of St. George's
PO Box 250 , St. George's, NL A0N 1Z0
Telephone: (709) 647-3283
Fax: (709) 647-3180
Email: info@townofstgeorges.com
Photography by Jonathan Bennett
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