George Calvert, David Kirke, and Jim Tuck: three visionaries and their impact on Ferryland, Newfoundland

Please join the Newfoundland and Labrador Archaeological Society and The Rooms for a Coffee and Culture lecture Thursday April 2nd at 2:30 PM by Dr. Barry Gaulton entitled George Calvert, David Kirke, and Jim Tuck: three visionaries and their impact on Ferryland, Newfoundland.

In Dr. Gaulton’s own words:
In 1621 Sir George Calvert, the first Lord Baltimore, established a permanent English settlement at Ferryland on the Southern Shore of Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula. Less than two decades later, Sir David Kirke gained control of the fledgling town and changed/diversified some of the daily operations in an effort to make it economically viable — changes that largely continued under the direction of his wife, Lady Sara Kirke and their sons. A French attack in 1696 destroyed the entire colony but its remains lay undisturbed throughout the centuries. Starting in the mid-1980s, archaeological investigation led by Dr. James A. Tuck has revealed this amazingly well-preserved seventeenth-century settlement.
This presentation looks at the impact that these three important individuals had (and continue to have) on the past and present community of Ferryland as demonstrated through 25 years of archaeology.

Dr. Gaulton is an Associate Professor with the Department of Archaeology at MUN. His research involves ongoing excavations at Ferryland, Newfoundland, which focuses on George Calvert’s colony of Avalon (1621) and the subsequent plantation established by Sir David Kirke in 1638.


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