Lord Nelson Loyal Orange Lodge #149
(Woody Point, Bonne Bay)
The Lord Nelson Loyal Orange Lodge #149 in Woody Point, Bonne Bay, was accepted for designation due to its local prominence, associated history and the fineness of its architectural design. While not as grand as the halls of Bonavista and St. John's, the Lord Nelson is one of the finest remaining examples of Orange Lodge construction in outport Newfoundland. The building is particularly noteworthy for its fine arched windows with keystone motifs.
Constructed by local labour in the early 1900s, the building is the only structure of its kind on Newfoundland's Northern Peninsula. At the height of its use as an Orange Lodge, Orangemen from the surrounding area, and from as far away as Bellburns, 100 km distant, would attend Easter Monday services in the Lodge.
While constructed as an Orange Lodge, the Lord Nelson was also used for fall fairs, weddings, dances and most of the other social events that took place in Woody Point and nearby communities. The Lodge sits on a hill overlooking Woody Point and can be seen from almost everywhere in the community. Woody Point itself is located in the middle of Gross Morne National Park, surrounded by the Tablelands on one side (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and Gros Morne Mountain on the other.
The Lord Nelson Loyal Orange Lodge #149 was designated as a Registered Heritage Structure by the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador in October of 1998.