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This Historic Site located within the boundaries of Forillon National Park at Grand Graves is in fact a General Store that acts as a small, two story museum and a waterside warehouse that adjoins the store and contains a fairly well presented display of how the cod fishery impacted the development of this region and the people that settled here.
The General Store was originally built as housing for the owner William Hyman, who in fact was a Russian immigrant that came to Gaspe via the USA.
Hyman had a propensity for business and he developed a fishing and export business that saw Cod fish from the area shipped to markets throughout the World.
Eventually, by the early 1900?s the home was altered into a ?company? store that served as a supply depot for the fishermen of the immediate area.
The fishery was quite lucrative and the Hyman store was never short of business, extending credit to the locals, in the off season, and then reaping the financial rewards of the next seasons fishing bounty. The business was constant and the financial burdens this imposed on the locals created a sort of ?indentured? kind of labor force that fed the economic stability of the Hyman?s and to a certain extent was critical in the development of the area.
The fishermen couldn?t leave if they wanted to quit the fishery without cleaning up the debt first and they would naturally incur more debt and so were really kind of trapped in this isolated and rugged land.
All of the buildings that you can see today are designed in period furniture and equipment used in everyday daily life here during the ?heyday? of the community?s existence.
Just a little up the road from the Hyman?s store is another small collection of buildings called Anse-Blanchette and you can access these also.
Guides dressed in period costumes will greet you as you enter the General Store and the home at Anse-Blanchette. They?ll share experiences of life in the community during those early days and you can explore by yourself and read from good descriptive placards located around the properties..
Access to the buildings is free and the buildings are open generally from the end of May until the 10th of October.
Address: Forillon National Park,Canada.
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