Green Family Forge

One of the many forges that used to exist in Newfoundland, Green's Forge is unusual, not only because it still exists and is in excellent shape, but also because of its large size.

Green Family Forge, Trinity, NL
Green Family Forge, Trinity, NL
Although larger than most, the Green Family Forge is a good example of a traditional family-run forge operating in Newfoundland during the 19th and early 20th centuries.
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The family that operated the forge, the Greens, originally of Poole, England, can trace their roots in Trinity back before 1750. Between 1750 and 1955, the Greens were among the best blacksmith and tinsmiths in Newfoundland. The Greens' products were primarily tools, horseshoes, fences and items used for fishing and shipbuilding.

The Green family rebuilt the current forge sometime between 1890 and 1900. They abandoned the forge in 1955 and it remained unused for several decades. In the early 1990s the family donated the forge to the Trinity Historical Society. The society has since converted the forge into a working blacksmith museum. Many of the tools the Greens used, along with some of the items they created, can still be found in the forge.

The exterior of Green's Forge has been extensively renovated in the years since its acquisition by the Trinity Historical Society. The exterior of the forge is typical of many other forges in Trinity Bay. Made of a mixture of wood and concrete, it has a very simple design. It is unusual, however, because of its large size. The interior boasts two blacksmith's fireplaces and bellows. The forge also had an area reserved exclusively for the shoeing of horses.

Green's Forge became a Registered Heritage Structure in June 1991. It won the Southcott Award for restoration from the Newfoundland Historic Trust in 1998.

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Also view Green Family Forge Registered Heritage Structure on the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador web site. The Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage Web Site has on its site only a portion of the registered heritage structures in Newfoundland and Labrador. To view a complete list or search for a particular structure visit the Heritage Foundation's Property Search page.