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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
New Glasgow in Pictou County, Nova Scotia — The Atlantic Provinces (North America)

New Glasgow

Your Shore to Relax & Reconnect

New Glasgow Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 19, 2019
1. New Glasgow Marker
Inscription.  The community that was to become New Glasgow was settled in 1784 by Deacon Thomas Fraser. By 1809 the Town was named after Old Glasgow in Scotland and incorporated in 1875. A strong entrepreneurial spirit was evident even in 1809 when the first trading post was established by James Carmichael and George Argo. In 1829, James Carmichael began building ships and he would later be joined by his brother-in-law Captain George MacKenzie, the Father of Nova Scotian shipbuilding, and then his son, James William Carmichael to build and launch — hundreds of ships from New Glasgow.

Railway transportation was integral to commercial trade and immigration. The 4 km Samson Trail which now passes by Carmichael Park beside the scenic East River was the bed of the first iron railway in Canada. Many homes and churches located on the upper streets and Provost Street reveal beautiful Victorian architecture from the era.

New Glasgow also has strong ties to Trinidad and Tobago which began in the mid-1800s when New Glasgow Presbyterian ministers Rev. Dr. John Morton and Rev. Dr. Kenneth Grant established schools and seminaries there.

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New Glasgow is the leading commercial service centre for northern Nova Scotia shaped by enterprise, imagination, a strong community spirit, and its celebrated multicultural mosaic.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionIndustry & CommerceRailroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1784.
Location. 45° 35.283′ N, 62° 38.747′ W. Marker is in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, in Pictou County. Marker is on Glasgow Street just south of Dalhousie Street, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located at the New Glasgow Community Kiosk, on the east side of Glasgow Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New Glasgow NS B2H 5E1, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Captain George R. McKenzie (a few steps from this marker); A Memorial to the Ship Building Industry (within shouting distance of this marker); George Frederick Cameron (within shouting distance of this marker); New Glasgow Heritage (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); Industrial Centre Lofts (about 120 meters away); New Glasgow Town Bell (about 120 meters away); Viola Desmond (about 150 meters away); Glasgow Scotland (about 150 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Glasgow.
New Glasgow Community Kiosk<br>(<i>marker visible on right side of kiosk</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 19, 2019
2. New Glasgow Community Kiosk
(marker visible on right side of kiosk)
New Glasgow Attractions<br>(<i>interpretive panel just left of marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 19, 2019
3. New Glasgow Attractions
(interpretive panel just left of marker)
New Glasgow is proud to be a Communities in Bloom town and was named the national Communities in Bloom “Community of Gardeners” in 2010.

As you visit New Glasgow, enjoy its quaint cafes and bistros, charming pubs and niche shops, world class recreational facilities, conference services, rewarding volunteer opportunities, a vibrant arts and cultural scene, and a growing tourism industry. In New Glasgow citizens flourish, both personally and professionally, while visitors enjoy a memorable tourism experience with authentic Nova Scotian hospitality.

New Glasgow combines small town charm with a touch of urban style and if that weren't enough, is minutes away from one of Canada's most beautiful beaches — Melmerby — and several quality golf courses. The town features a stimulating atmosphere and up-to-date infrastructure necessary to develop and grow businesses of all sizes. New Glasgow also boasts the advantages of a small town way of life, including the preservation and celebration of heritage, a safe environment for families, minimal traffic congestion, strong education and health services, great civic pride, and a motivating, inclusive community spirit.

Once a hub of shipbuilding and manufacturing, contemporary New Glasgow remains one of Nova Scotia's leading commercial service centres and a thriving area of economic growth and development. Strategic directions of the town include focusing on downtown revitalization, commercial development, tourism growth, community engagement, healthy lifestyles, cultural diversity and strong core services — pillars that foster New Glasgow's unique character and lay a sustainable foundation for the future. New Glasgow is also famous for exciting hometown festivals and events, including the New Glasgow Riverfront Jubilee, Johnny Miles Running Event Weekend, Marathon of Respect and Equality, Festival of the Tartans, Race on the River Pictou County Dragon Boat Festival, Play the Pros event, Harvest Time and the longest running music festival in Canada. We hope that you enjoy your stay in our special community and experience all that New Glasgow has to offer.
New Glasgow Attractions Map image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 19, 2019
4. New Glasgow Attractions Map
1 • Historic Town Hall - Heritage Painting Series
2 • Viola Desmond interpretative panel
3 • Town Bell and bronze plaque
4 • Laurie Peace Park
5 • Rotary Park
6 • Glasgow Square Theatre
7 • Celtic Circle Performing Arts Centre
8 • Murdoch Park
9 • Africentric Heritage Park
10 • Carmichael Stewart House Museum and Frank Calder Historic Garden
11 • Pictou County Sports Heritage Hall of Fame
12 • Shipbuilding Monument
13 • First Settler's Monument
14 • Carmichael Park and Veterans Cenotaphs
15 • The Samson Trail
16 • New Glasgow Marina
17 • New Glasgow Farmers Market
18 • New Glasgow-NSCAD Community Studio
19 • Pioneer Trail
20 • Pioneer Cemetery
Victorian Mansion on Temperance Street image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 19, 2019
5. Victorian Mansion on Temperance Street
First Presbyterian Church on MacLean Street image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 19, 2019
6. First Presbyterian Church on MacLean Street
Credits. This page was last revised on January 23, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 21, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 186 times since then and 74 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 23, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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