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Commissariat House

11 Kings Bridge Road, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador A1C 1S5, Canada
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Ranked #21 of 59 Attractions in St. John's
Type: Historic Sites
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British Columbia, Canada
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287 reviews 287 reviews
147 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Unlike other historical heritage sites that simply list the history, the commerce, the furniture, etc., this attraction utilizes a great sociological spin (as is represented by a sign that states: No Antique Roadshow here!) The colonial presence is certainly represented but so too is the dissidence of the locals who brought change through civil disobedience, use of the predominant media... More

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Fort Frances
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The beginning of the visit was in a small building outside the Commissariat House. It was all about a newspaper man, and was not that exciting for the kids. However, there was a room where they could make shadow puppets and that was really fun. We then headed to the house itself, which has beautiful rooms, with all the furniture... More

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Miramichi, Nb. Canada
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22 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

Spent a while in the house..visiting with the ladies that work there..Had a great visit with Bev & Linda.. Learnt a lot about the times back then & compared tails of our lives growing up..Ann was very helpful when we spoke with her downstairs...And Kelly in the Museum...very informative... Worthwhile..a visit...

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Stoneham, Massachusetts
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137 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

This house has an interesting history. After serving as the Commissariat for many years, it became the rectory for St. Thomas' Anglican Church about 1869 and remained the minister's home for a hundred years. When the Province obtained the house, they converted it back to the way in was in 1830. In 1830 most of the downstairs served as the... More

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Winnipeg, Canada
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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

Happened into this historical home basically by accident (admission is included with entry to the Newman Wine Vaults), and was very pleasantly surprised. A recently-created (and very witty) series of signs and videos guide you through this 1830s Georgian house - the home (and office) of the British army's chief paymaster/quartermaster - and introduce you to the anti-British, pro-independence talk... More

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St. John's, Canada
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27 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

We heard so much about this place that we took a Saturday afternoon to visit. I saw pictures on Facebook and it was the deciding factor. The day we visited was a beautiful sunny afternoon however, I do think a miserable rainy day would be a prime time to visit. All the doors and windows were open and they even... More

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Calgary, Canada
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107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

Significant effort has gone into preparing this site. You begin with an overview of the early days of representative government (some of the information is a bit disturbing) and then do a self-tour of the home, listening occasionally to information presenting in rhyming couplets. Costumed guides are on hand to answer any questions. This is one of the few historic... More

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Kingston, Canada
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25 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013 via mobile

Very interesting site and not really what I expected. It was a pleasant surprise. Was also provided with fresh lemonade in the kitchen. The staff were lovely to talk to and made the experience that much better.

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St Helens, Australia
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11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

I accidentally came across the Commissariat's House whilst walking to St John & I'm so pleased I did! My ancestor John Gunnill came here with his new wife Janet Harold(3 children born whilst they were here) as he was working in the Military. Government House gardens consisted of 22 acres & was selected for it's proximity to the Military Garrisons... More

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Salmon Arm
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34 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2012

The house itself dates back to the 18th century, one of the oldest houses to have escaped St. John's two disastrous fires. That alone is worth a visit, but the display in the adjoining barn tells a fascinating history of NL's political and social history. Well presented and interactive. In the house, hosts in period costume help explain the role... More

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