“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Guysborough in Guysborough County, Nova Scotia — The Atlantic Provinces


The Court House

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By Steve Stoessel, August 24, 2019
1. Guysborough Court House Marker
Inscription.  The Court House was constructed in 1842-43. It was the third court house built in Guysborough, the original administrative centre of Sydney County from 1785-1827. Sydney County included present-day Guysborough and Antigonish Counties.

Built in the unusual British building style of architecture, the Court House features gothic style windows and an authentic cedar shake roof. The Court House was used until 1973 when it was replaced by the current court room in the Municipal Building.

During its 130 years as a Court House, the building was used not only for legal matters, but for other public functions such as a polling station, Confederation debates, elections, municipal council meetings, enlistment drives during various wars, agricultural exhibitions and briefly, as a school in 1960.

The Court House Today
The Guysborough Historical Society restored the building as the Old Court House Museum retaining the integrity of its original purpose. Local artifacts, which relate to housekeeping and farming, as well tools and handcrafts collected from the area, are on display. The Museum also features a diorama
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of the three French forts built on nearby Fort Point between 1634 and 1684.

This community museum offers an extensive collection of early photographs and books from Guysborough County in the late 19th and early 20th centuries while the archives contain records of interest to genealogists and historians. The building also hosts a Visitor Information Centre and a C@P site.

The Old Court House Museum is open from June to October.

Walk through history The Guysborough Historic Society Walking Tour explores the architecture and history of buildings in the village. A brochure is available at the Museum. The Shoreline Trail, which begins on Main Street, features interpretative panels on Guysborough shipbuilding history, the Canso Mi’kmaq and the French Period (1634-1764)
Erected by Guysborough Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureLaw EnforcementSettlements & Settlers.
Location. 45° 23.433′ N, 61° 30.034′ W. Marker is in Guysborough, Nova Scotia, in Guysborough County. Marker is at the intersection of Church Street (Nova Scotia Route 16) and Queen Street, on the left when traveling north on Church Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Guysborough, Nova Scotia B0H 1N0, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within
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By Steve Stoessel
3. Guysborough Marker
23 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Henry Marshall Tory (about 180 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Voyage of Prince Henry Sinclair (approx. 8.2 kilometers away); Settlement of the Tor Bay Area circa 1797 (approx. 21.1 kilometers away); Chezzetcook, Tracadie and Havre Boucher (approx. 21.1 kilometers away); The Resettlement (approx. 21.1 kilometers away); Le Parc de nos Ancêtres (approx. 21.1 kilometers away); The Scattering of a People (approx. 21.1 kilometers away); The Great Upheaval 1755-1763 (approx. 21.1 kilometers away).
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4. Guysborough from Marker
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 10, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 9, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 91 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 9, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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