Manning Award - 2006

"Excellence in the Public Presentation of Historic Places"


"In 1993, the HSA created the Manning Award for Excellence in the Public Presentation of Historic Places in recognition of the fine work being done across the province by community-minded groups and organizations.

This award honours the late Bill Manning, former Parks Canada Superintendent of Historic Sites for Newfoundland and Labrador. Manning realized that the preservation and presentation of our heritage requires the involvement of the people in these communities.

The annual Manning Award ceremony is a fitting tribute to his achievements, and is under the distinguished patronage of His Honour, the Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador."

Trinity’s historic Campbell House - Artisan Inn was honoured in the community category for providing visitors with a living museum and heritage craft experiences.

The Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador and Mrs. Roberts with recipients of 2006 Manning Award
Photo credit Jennifer Barnable

"Campbell House heritage home was built in 1840 for Irishman, James Campbell, the foremost nautical navigation teacher in Newfoundland at a time when Trinity was a thriving commercial center. Combining the amenities of an upscale inn with the essence of a living museum, this early Victorian house is part of a four-acre heritage retreat owned and operated by the Gow Family.

Owner Tineke Gow wanted to create a Living Museum with Heritage Garden reflective of 1840 outport homesteads. The Gow Family personally oversaw each phase of the building’s restoration, paying careful attention to maintaining its authenticity. Furnished with period antiques and original household items, Campbell House also serves as a Bed & Breakfast and source of information about Trinity’s rich history and attractions. Within a few years, the project expanded to include the Artisan Inn and the Twine Loft. Located at the foot of the heritage property, this shore-side complex still retains its original features, and now provides studio space, ideally suited to visual artists, musicians, writers and photographers.

By offering creative retreats, heritage workshops and live, local entertainment, the Artisan Inn expresses the character and history of Trinity to locals and visitors alike. The Gow Family are as well known for promoting heritage attractions throughout the Trinity area. At the Artisan Inn and Twine Loft, they provide a variety of experiences - from art exhibitions to traditional music workshops. Weekend retreats are lead by professional instructors and include workshops in knot tying, rug hooking, stained glass art, traditional storytelling and historical embroidery. These ongoing activities allow traditional skills to be preserved and passed on to future generations.

From meticulous restoration to historic presentation, this project has created local employment and community pride, while also offering visitors to the area a worthy heritage attraction. Through the living museum atmosphere at Campbell House, traditional retreats and workshops at the Artisan Inn, Tineke Gow and her family have made a significant impact on the town of Trinity, and how it presents its history and heritage." Jennifer Barnable, Manning Award Ceremony Notes

Tineke Gow receives Manning Award from Bill Manning's granddaughters Julia and Jessica
Photo credit Jennifer Barnable