From the Evening Telegram, May 20th, 2011:
Cupids Cove Plantation has been officially designated a provincial historic site. [Photo by Historic Sites: Hon. Tom Hedderson - Minister of Transportation and Works, Bill Gilbert - Archaeologist, Ron Laracy - Mayor of Cupids, Roland Burke - Chair of the Baccalieu Trail Heritage Corporation, Hon. Terry French - Minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation, and John Guy.]
Discovered by archaeologist Bill Gilbert in 1995, the site dates back to 1610 when Bristol merchant John Guy arrived at Cupers Cove (now Cupids) with a group of colonists. By 1613, the group had built about 16 structures, including a fort, sawmill, gristmill and brew house.
More than 150,000 artifacts have been found at the Cupids Cove Plantation, a number of them dated from the late 1500s and early 1600s.
Tourism, Culture and Recreation Minister Terry French said the site speaks to the persistence of early settlers in the face of many challenges.
“As the first English settlement in Canada, this site plays an integral part in the story of our province and nation and I am pleased that both residents and tourists will continue to have the opportunity to share in that story long into the future,” he said.