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The Hiscock House: The Tale of an Entrepreneurial Woman
Hiscock House Provincial Historic Site
Trinity , Newfoundland and Labrador


   When blacksmith Richard
Hiscock, who lived in
Trinity, Newfoundland, began
courting Emma Pittman in
1881, he hired workmen to
build the two-storey gable-
roofed house that today
remains a classic example of
outport architecture. After
the newlyweds settled in in

1883, Hiscock built a forge
for himself and a shop for
Emma, part of a complex of
buildings including the
house, a wood house, a
cellar, a barn and an
   In the next six years the
couple had six children, one
of whom died as an infant.

In 1893, when Emma was
expecting their seventh, a
sudden storm at sea killed
Hiscock when he was traveling
to Shoal Harbour to canvas
for the re-election of
Trinity politician Robert
Bond. Left with a sizeable
family, Emma chose not to
remarry—the path most widows

would have taken in her day.
Instead, to support the
family, she used the
resources left to her to
provide the best life
possible for her children.
This exhibition celebrates
the life and times of the
Hiscock’s, Emma’s resilience,
and the architecture of the

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