The grandson and great-grandson of Kelly, James & John Carroll operated a substantial fishing supply business from the waterside area of the property, outfitting schooners with supplies, bait and ice for both Labrador & Grand Bank fisheries. Carrolls are credited with creating the first mechanical cold storage plant in Newfoundland.

In conjunction with the fish supply business, Jack Carroll enjoyed a lucrative rum running business during the Prohibition era of the 1920’s. However one of his caches of run, which was buried under the front Tea Garden lawn, was discovered by the Customs people and spelled the end of his rum-running career.

He told many tales of his rum-running escapades, but he summed it all up when he explained “it was the Depression & there was not much for people to do. We ran rum, which gave us a job; then there were the men who tried to catch us, & that gave them a job too.”