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New Glasgow in Pictou County, Nova Scotia — The Atlantic Provinces (North America)
 

Bell's Corner

 
 
Bell's Corner Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 19, 2019
1. Bell's Corner Marker
Inscription.  This area of Downtown New Glasgow was known as Bell's Corner for well over a century. Basil Bell (chemist, teacher and entrepreneur) constructed this architecturally sound stone home and store (to your left) in the mid 1840's. He and his wife would raise four sons and a daughter from this location. Their son Adam Carr Bell, would construct a three story wooden building in the year 1889 and establish an apothecary/pharmacy business on this very site. (See Photo Below) Adam Bell Jr., (Druggist) continued to operate the business at this location until the year 1947 when the building was destroyed by a fire.

The Town of New Glasgow, which was settled in 1784, had an entrepreneurial presence for over 200 years. James Carmichael and George Argo opened a log cabin mercantile store in the year 1809. (The original site is located to your left, across the street and railroad tracks, large two story brick building).

The Town of New Glasgow Thanks Branch 34, Royal Canadian Legion for their support and contribution towards establishing this historic public space.

The Bell’s Corner interpretative panel and green space are part
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of the New Glasgow Downtown Revitalization Plan “Recreating the Experience.”

Unveiled by Mayor Barrie E. MacMillan Town of New Glasgow; Councilor Clyde Fraser, Chair, New Glasgow Heritage Committee 2010

Historical Research & Graphic Layout – Ashton Creative Design, Bridgeville, Pictou County
 
Erected 2010 by New Glasgow Heritage Committee.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 45° 35.367′ N, 62° 38.667′ W. Marker is in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, in Pictou County. Marker is at the intersection of North Provost Street (Nova Scotia Route 348) and George Street (Nova Scotia Route 289), on the right when traveling south on North Provost Street. Marker is located beside the sidewalk at the northwest corner of the intersection. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New Glasgow NS B2H 3K6, Canada. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Memorial to Adam Carr Bell 1847-1912 (a few steps from this marker); Viola Desmond (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); Glasgow Scotland (about 150 meters away); George Frederick Cameron (about 150 meters away); New Glasgow Heritage (about 180 meters
Marker detail: Adam Carr Bell image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David MacIntosh
2. Marker detail: Adam Carr Bell
Original painting by David MacIntosh, New Glasgow. Currently on display at the Town Hall in New Glasgow.

Town of New Glasgow’s
First Mayor
Adam Carr Bell (1847-1912)

• Educated in New Glasgow, Sackville Academy and Glasgow University, Scotland
• First Mayor of New Glasgow 1876-1877, Elected again in 1884-1885
• Elected to Nova Scotia House of Assembly in 1878, Provincial Secretary 1882
• Provincial Conservative Party Leader 1882-1887
• Member of Canadian House of Commons 1896 and 1900
• Called to Senate of Canada in 1911

Adam Carr Bell was 20 at Canadian Confederation (1867), a red blooded man with a vigorous, at time tempestuous nature, which craved action. Politics was the only outlet to him, and politics he seized avidly. By any criterion he was a scrapper. Heavy odds had no terrors for him."
James M. Cameron (D. D. S.), Pictou County Historian, Publisher and Author
Historical Paper Presented to the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society
December 7, 1979
away); Johnny Miles (about 180 meters away); New Glasgow (about 180 meters away); Captain George R. McKenzie (about 180 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Glasgow.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Adam Carr Bell
 
Also see . . .  Squire James Fraser's Place. This Georgian townhouse was built around 1845 by Squire James Fraser and is one of the oldest commercial structures in Nova Scotia. Squire Fraser’s full name was James Fraser Drummond and in 1825 he opened a general store on George Street. (Submitted on January 22, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Marker detail: Approximate location of Bell's Corner image. Click for full size.
3. Marker detail: Approximate location of Bell's Corner
This map illustrates the land ownership of several of the town's earliest settlers.
Survey Map 1816
The Pictou Book- Stories of the Past,
George MacLaren, Hector Publishing, 1954
Marker detail: Original Adam Carr Bell Drug Store Building image. Click for full size.
Courtesy Pictou Antigonish Regional Library Digital Collections
4. Marker detail: Original Adam Carr Bell Drug Store Building
Although the original Drug Store building owned by Adam Carr Bell is no longer in existence, Downtown New Glasgow is home to many buildings with historical significance.
Marker detail: New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, 1889 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By D.D. Currie Publishing, Moncton, New Brunswick
5. Marker detail: New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, 1889
Bell's Corner Marker (<i>looking southeast across George Street/Provost Street intersection)</i> image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 19, 2019
6. Bell's Corner Marker (looking southeast across George Street/Provost Street intersection)
Bell's Corner Marker (<i>view from George Street/Provost Street intersection • marker on right</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 19, 2019
7. Bell's Corner Marker (view from George Street/Provost Street intersection • marker on right)
Squire James Fraser’s Place, c. 1845<br>(<i>1/2 block west of marker at 130 George Street</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 19, 2019
8. Squire James Fraser’s Place, c. 1845
(1/2 block west of marker at 130 George Street)
The oldest business building in Downtown New Glasgow and one of the oldest existent commercial structures in Nova Scotia.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 22, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 21, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 351 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on January 22, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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