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Palais de justice et Prison d’Argyle / Argyle Township Court House and Gaol

 
 
Palais de justice et Prison d’Argyle / <i>Argyle Township Court House and Gaol</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 24, 2017
1. Palais de justice et Prison d’Argyle / Argyle Township Court House and Gaol Marker
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Le plus ancient tribunal

Le premier gouvernement local de la région du comté actuel de Yarmouth fut institué en 1789 par l’établissement du Tribunal des Sessions générales de la paix qui servait les districts de Yarmouth et d’Argyle. Il comprenait des juges de paix qui, au départ, se recontraient dans les tavernes, les églises et d’autres lieux publics.

La construction du palais de justice et de la prison fut décidée en 1801. Le premier tribunal s’y est rencontré en octobre 1805. Même si le tribunal jugeait des causes criminelles mineures, il traitait surtout du soin des pauvres et de la construction et de la réparation des chemins et des ponts. Ce n’est que beaucoup plus tard que les bureau municipaux du district s’y sont installés.

Il s’agit du plus ancien tribunal au Canada. En 2005 il a reçu la désignation de lieu historique national. À côté, l’édifice des Archives du Tribunal est devenu le premier site d’archives municipals en Nouvelle-Écosse. Il est un lieu important pour la recherche généalogique.

Saviez-vous ?
Une Acadienne de la Pointe-des-Hubbard, Émilie Doucette (1877-1955) fut la première femme élue au conseil municipal d’Argyle. À l’époque, elle n’était que la deuxième Néo-Écossiase à accéder à ce poste.

Pour plus de renseignements sur l'Excursion interprétive des côtes acadiennes

Palais de justice et Prison d’Argyle / <i>Argyle Township Court House and Gaol</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 24, 2017
2. Palais de justice et Prison d’Argyle / Argyle Township Court House and Gaol Marker
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Canada’s Oldest Courthouse

The first formal local government for what is now Yarmouth County was initiated in 1789 with the establishment of the Court of General Sessions of the Peace, which served the Districts of Yarmouth & Argyle. Consisting of local Justices of the Peace, it initially met in taverns, churches and other public buildings.

In 1801 it was decided to construct a courthouse and gaol (jail). Court met for the first time in its new lodgings in October 1805. Although this “court” heard petty criminal cases, it was primarily engaged in matters such as caring for the poor and building or repairing roads and bridges. Much later, the building was used as town offices for the district.

This is Canada’s oldest courthouse. In 2005 it was designated a National Historic Site. Next door is the Argyle Township Court House Archives-the first municipal archives in Nova Scotia. It is an important centre for genealogical research.

Do you know?
Emilie Doucette (1877-1955), an Acadian from Hubbard’s Point, was the first elected female municipal councillor in the Municipality of Argyle. She was the second woman in her day to be elected to such an office in Nova Scotia.

For more information on the Acadian Shores Interpretive Tour consult www.YarmouthandAcadianShores.com
 
Erected 2008.
 
Location. 43° 51.293′ N, 65° 58.452′ W. Marker is in Tusket, Nova Scotia, in Yarmouth County. Marker is on Courthouse Road just east of the Lighthouse Route (Nova Scotia Route 3), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8168 Nova Scotia Route 3, Tusket, Nova Scotia B0W 3M0, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Law in Nova Scotia / La Loi en Nouvelle-Écosse (within shouting distance of this marker); The/Le Village of Tusket (within shouting distance of this marker); Argyle Township Court House and Gaol (within shouting distance of this marker); Lost at Sea / Perdus en Mer (within shouting distance of this marker); United Empire Loyalists (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); World Wars Memorial (about 150 meters away); Saint Anne Catholic Church Veterans Memorial (approx. 3.7 kilometers away); Barges de foin salé de Buttes-Amirault (approx. 3.7 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tusket.
 
Also see . . .
1. Argyle Township Court House and Archives. (Submitted on January 1, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Argyle Township Court House and Gaol. (Submitted on January 1, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Yarmouth and Acadian Shores. (Submitted on January 1, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 1, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 1, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 50 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 1, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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