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When John Guy’s colonists dug out their first cellar from the earth of Cuper’s Cove in 1610, they could not have imagined that the humble cellar would be both an object of nostalgia and a tool for community development over four hundred years later.   

We’re proud of the root cellar here in Newfoundland and Labrador. Dotted across our landscape, they remind us of where we have come from, and continue to teach us lessons about land use, food security, subsistence and sustainability, and the ingenuity of traditional construction.

Exterior concrete hillside root cellar, grass covered, front entrance door with large smile face drawn on.

South Side Root Cellar 15, Twillingate, circa 2008.

If you have a memory of your family root cellar in Newfoundland and Labrador, let us know!  Send us your stories (and your favourite recipe for what to do with all those potatoes).