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Fox Harbour Pinetree
St. Lewis Heritage Museum
St. Lewis , Newfoundland and Labrador


   In the early 1950's, Fox
Harbour was still living the
traditional life of Labrador
with only a few amenities to
ease the hardship. People
travelled by dog teams,
fished for a living and
survived off the land, since
dry goods were scarce,
especially during winter.

Money did not change hands;
the barter system was alive
and well; and fishermen
traded profits for food. Life
was isolated in this little
community, as it was in all
of Labrador's coastal
   The arrival of the United
States military in 1954 to

build a Pinetree Radar System
site was a blessing. For the
next six years, Fox Harbour
prospered from the work the
construction provided and
from the generosity of the
servicemen and the
construction company. Fox
Harbour residents have not
forgotten the parties, the

gifts, the foods and luxuries
that were their first glimpse
of the outside world.
   In this Community
Memories Exhibit, the St.
Lewis Heritage Museum
celebrates this turning point
in Fox Harbour history and
the special interaction
between residents and

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