Imagine... President Abraham Lincoln has been assassinated but London's papers aren't reporting it—it'll take 10 days for the news to reach Europe by ship...
In July 1866, after nine years and several unsuccessful attempts, the first permanent telegraph cable connecting Europe and North America was hauled ashore at Heart's Content. This little Newfoundland town leaped into the history books and remained a global communications hub for over a century. The cable station opened the world to the outport men and women who worked here and remains a time capsule of the communications technology that connected us all right up to the 1960s.
Heart's Content Cable Station today consists of an 1875 office building and a 1918 extension. Exhibits focus on the history of telegraphy and the role Heart's Content played in the industry. The cable station remained part of the Western Union Inc.'s international cable system until the facility was closed in 1965 after trans-ocean telephone cable and satellite communication made its technology obsolete.
Hours Open: Daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Time Period Represented: 1866 to 1960s
Seasons Open: Victoria Day weekend to Thanksgiving weekend
Visitor Fees: Adults and children 12+ - $3.00, Children under 12 - Free, Family Pass - $5.00