Dartmouth in Halifax Region, Nova Scotia — The Atlantic Provinces
A Village of the Most Primitive Description
You are looking at a part of the remains of what was known as the “Canal Camp.” The row of stones in this area represent the largest feature found to day at Port Wallace. An archeological investigation was carried out in 1997 by Archaeology students from St. Mary’s University but unfortunately nothing was discovered to indicate the use made of this particular building. However, it is in the area known as the Canal Camp where the workers and their families lived during the late 1820s. There is a reference in early records to a kind of tavern in this area and this may be the base or a part of the walls of that structure. In the late 1820s Captain William Moorsom, a British military officier, visited an wrote about Port Wallace. A village of the most primitive description has gradually risen about three miles from Dartmouth; the first huts were constructed of logs, loose stones and mud, roofed with boughs and rough strips of bark, and their very existence was scarce discoverable till you almost stumbled over them… The principal cabin or that where liquor is retailed was originally distinguishable by a long
Erected by Shubenacadie Canal Commission. (Marker Number 02.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1997.
Location. 44° 42.033′ N, 63° 33.195′ W. Marker is in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, in Halifax Region. Marker can be reached from Lock Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 54 Lock Road, Dartmouth NS B2X, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Of Bough and Bark (within shouting distance of this marker); A Testament to Hard Work (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Historic Shubenacadie Canal System (about 120 meters away); Lightning Strikes at Canal Camp (about 120 meters away); Barges, Steamboats and Scows (about 120 meters away); Before the Canal (about 120 meters away); Unique Construction (about 180 meters away); The Fairbanks Solution (about 180 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dartmouth.
More about this marker. This marker is located in Shubie Park.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 14, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 331 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 14, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.