Point Verde has featured in the history of the Placentia area in several ways. Throughout the centuries, Point Verde played a role in helping to maintain the strength of European powers in Newfoundland. And like Crève Cœur, Point Verde functioned as part of the fortifications of Fort Royal and Fort Louis.
Later in 1906, Wm. F. O’Reilly wrote of how Point Verde contributed to the beauty of the area. As he remarked, “Who has entered [Placentia], either by rail along the placid waters of the North East Arm, or by boat between the historic points of Point Verde and the sheltering heights of Castle Hill, without being struck by its scenic beauties?” He and others noted the value of the area to sportsmen seeking to hunt the “Partridge Grounds of Cape Shore.” Similarly, in Newfoundland and Labrador: Unrivaled resorts for the tourist, health seeker and sportsman, the authors highlighted the scenery, emphasising how, “[t]he drives to Argentia, Southeast, and Point Verde afford every variety of land and seascape.”
Today, many hail Point Verde for its view of Placentia Bay and for the breathtaking sunsets that quietly, and yet magnificently, signal the end of the day.
Note: Reid Newfoundland Company were the authors of Newfoundland and Labrador: Unrivaled resorts for the tourist, health seeker and sportsman (p. 35). This company built the main line and numerous branch lines (such as from Whitbourne to Placentia) that crossed the island.