How in the world did it get a name like that? On our first rainy day in Newfoundland we decided to visit The Rooms in St. John’s. It is the province’s stunning museum and art gallery. We learned so much during our visit including……. how the place got its name.
“The Rooms” was a name given to an area on the shore where a Newfoundland family kept their boat and built flakes or stages which were large elevated racks set on poles and used to dry their fish. They also built a little house called a tilt house out of sod, stone or timber.They moved from their farm house into the tilt house in spring and spent the summer there. Many families brought along their livestock, poultry and some household goods and even planted gardens near the shore.
My favorite thing in the whole museum was this photo of a little boy standing on the flake at his family’s rooms with two huge cod tied to the poles of the flake.