The Resettler’s Museum was established by Greg Drover and Vera Penney on March 5, 2001. The executive committee as formed consisting of the following members: Greg Drover – President, Vera Penney – Vice President, Malcolm Rogers – Secretary, Lydia Parsons – Treasurer, Ronald Collins – Indian Bay rep, Joe Rogers – Wareham rep, Ralph Yetman – Centreville rep, Chesley Wiseman – Trinity rep, and Ernest Rogers – Trinity rep.

We purchased a building, the former site of the Fisherman Lodge, at the time for our museum. The name was decided by the students from Centreville Academy in an open contest, official name “Resettler’s Museum” was chosen. This name reflects the history of our communities; people either resettled here from the surrounding islands or from some other communities in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Memorandum of Association and the Articles of Association were drafted, presented and adopted by The Resettler’s Museum Committee on May 7, 2001. With these two pieces of documentation now in place, steps were taken to acquire Incorporation Status, Business Number as well a Charitable Number. On May 14, 2001, The Resettler’s Museum became incorporated and on May 22, 2001, The Resettler’s Museum Inc. was granted a Business Number. Effective June 1, 2001, The Resettler’s Museum was designated as a Charitable Organization under paragraph 149(1)(F) of the Income Tax Act (the “Act”).

On June 4, 2003 we had a grand opening of The Resettler’s Museum. Opening prayers were done by R. Osmond with Mr. Greg Drover as Master of Ceremonies. Mr. Bob Parsons – Master of St. Stephen’s S.U.F. #43 presented the official passing of the keys to Vera Penney, Chairperson. Official guests and the citizens of the communities enjoyed a lovely evening with entertainment by a group of square dancers with music by Stan Pickett. The closing prayer was done by Pastor Brenton.

We have hired students each year to do work around the museum, including greeting visitors from many countries around the world.

Please visit our Resettler’s Museum and show them how proud we are having a museum in our community.