Culture & History
House of Diamonds is a unique attraction in Glovertown. The original house, built in 1937, was owned by Ken and Viola Diamond and served as a home and headquarters for their many enterprises. The property was purchased in 2004 by Mr. Darryl Fry, Ken and Viola’s nephew, and leased to the Town of Glovertown. Administered by a volunteer Board of Directors, artists & artisans from across the province are represented by the House of Diamonds throughout the year.
The property was converted to serve the artist community in Glovertown. The House, which consists of galleries and a gift shop, provides opportunities for local and provincial artists and artisans to promote and sell their work. An adjacent warehouse has been transformed into an artist studio and residence. The studio is home to workshops and art classes for local art enthusiasts. Upstairs, the artist residence
provides quarters for visiting artists and a space for them to create their own unique works.
Janes House is a remarkable piece of architecture located in Glovertown. The house was originally built in 1898 by Ambrose and Sarah Janes. The Janes family donated the property in 2004 to the Town of Glovertown for the purpose of hosting a museum.
It is one of the oldest structures in Glovertown and was constructed using many building techniques that are no longer in use today. Museum staff is glad to point out to visitors the features of this unique building.
The museum highlights the significant history of Glovertown. The activities of early settlers are featured,including fishing, boat building and forestry. The spring log drive down the Terra Nova River and the history of boat building In Glovertown are two particular stories preserved by the museum. Sections of the museum describe the resettlement of a number of small island communities in Bonavista Bay during the mid-1900s.
Ken Diamond Memorial Park
Ken Diamond Memorial Park was established in 1996 by the Fry Family Foundation as a permanent memorial to Ken Diamond, a Glovertown businessman in the 1940s and 1950s. The Park provides roughly 4 km of wheelchair accessible trails with multiple levels of difficulty. The Park surrounds brooks, streams and wetlands that form a habitat for numerous species of plants and waterfowl. Hilltop lookouts provide an elevated view of the park and surrounding area. The annual Diamond Dash cross-country race takes place on the trails and attracts runners, walkers, and photographers from Glovertown and beyond.
Canada’s most easterly national park is located right on the front porch of Glovertown. Terra Nova National Park offers a wide range of activities for anyone in love with the great outdoors. As described by the Park’s website, “Long fingers of the North Atlantic Ocean touch the island boreal forest of Eastern Newfoundland. Rocky headlands provide shelter from the awesome power of the open ocean. The landscape of the park varies from the rugged cliffs and sheltered inlets of the coastal region to the rolling forested hills, bogs and ponds of the inland.”
Popular summer activities in the Park include camping, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, biking and boat tours. Winter is also a good time to explore the park by cross-country skiing or snowshoeing the trails and winter camping at Newman Sound.
Located on the Trans-Canada Highway five minutes east from the Station Road exit, Splash n’ Putt is a family water park that offers a range of activities and services. Splash n’ Putt provides families with a one-stop entertainment complex sure to please family members young and old. In addition to family entertainment, Splash n’ Putt offers a gift shop, restaurant, dairy bar and cabins for those seeking an extended stay.