The Victoria Loyal Orange Lodge #3 is the oldest public building in Bay Roberts, Newfoundland and Labrador. The building was purchased by Brenda and Jerry Mercer, whose families have historic roots in the town, and who were determined to preserve the building and many of its historic contents.
Visitors are invited to tour the museum, which preserves and displays artifacts of the Orange Order in Bay Roberts, some dating back to 1871. Orange Lodge regalia and insignia belonging to Captain Leonard Stick, who was the first person to volunteer for the Blue Puttees in World War I, can be seen in a special showcase. In addition, artifacts have been collected and placed on display from Orange Lodges from Brigus to Carbonear. Other items of historic significance, such as a 10' model of the SS Klye hand made by Mr. Max Winsor, Harbour Grace, have been collected and can be seen and examined. [The SS Klye played a large role in the Labrador Fishery, which was historically significant to the town of Bay Roberts and surrounding region]. In total, the museum has over 400 items on display.
Plays and Memorabilia of David French
David French, Member of the Order of Canada and award winning playwright, whose works are presented across Canada and in many other parts of the world, was born in Coley's Point, Bay Roberts. Before his passing on December 5, 2010, David French donated a number of items to the Victoria Loyal Orange Lodge #3 Museum and Playhouse, including the Smith-Corona Typewriter that he used to type many of his works. These items are on display.
Jerry Mercer's intention is to present one of David French's plays each summer. So far, two of his plays have been produced and directed by Marc Warren at the Playhouse. In the summer of 2009 Soldier's Heart was the first production. In the summer of 2010 and 2011, and for Canadian Culture Days 2010 and 2011, the play Salt-Water Moon was produced. The plays have been very well received. Visitors frequently comment that they have enjoyed the productions more than any they have seen in other theatres, and people from the community like the way that they reflect local culture and heritage.
Horse and Carriage Rides
Visitors can enjoy heritage interpretative horse and carriage rides to various parts of the historic and scenic town of Bay Roberts.
Seasons Open: Mainly during the summer season
Hours Open: Hours of operation vary. Information can be found on the website.
Fees: Admission to the museum is by donation. Cost of tickets for plays is on the website.