Baddeck in Victoria County, Nova Scotia — The Atlantic Provinces
History of Baddeck
Derived from the Mi’kmaq name, ‘Abadak’, meaning “place with island near”, Baddeck’s first European settler was British officier James Duffus in 1819. He made his home on the “island near” and it was known as Duffus Island. An enterprising man, Duffus operated a general store here, servicing the Scottish immigrants and Loyalist in the area until his death twenty years later. When Duffus’s widow married William Kidston he assumed title to her property including the island and it was renamed, Kidston Island.
For many years there were only two families living in Baddeck - the Campbells and the MacLeans. By 1881 with more than 1800 residents and surrounded by prosperous farming communities, Baddeck was a bustling, modern town with planked sidewalks, hotels, a post office, shops, a newspaper, a thriving shipbuilding industry, and a telegraph service.
Two of Baddeck’s most famous residents included J.A.D. McCurdy who manned the first Canadian flight above Baddeck Bay in the Silver Dart in 1909 and world-renowned inventor of the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell. Today Baddeck is a quaint
Tirant son nom de mot mi’kmaq «Abadak» - ce qui signifie «un endroit tout près d’une île», Baddeck a accueilli son premier colon européen en 1819, l’officier britannique James Diffus. Il s’établit à l’«île tout près» qui fut baptisée l’île Duffus. Homme entreprenant, Duffus a exploité un magasin général ici, desservant les immigrants écossais et les loyalistes de la région jusqu’a son décès vingt ans plus tard. Quand la veuve de Diffus a éspousé William Kidston, ce dernier devint propriétaire de ses biens, y compris de l’île qui fut renommée l’île Kidston.
Pendant des années, il n’y avait que deux familles à Baddeck: les Campbell et les MacLeans. En 1881, comptant plus de 1800 résidants et entourée de collectivités agricole prospères, Baddeck était en pleine effervescence, ville moderne munie de trottoirs de bois, d’hotels, d’un bureau de poste, de boutiques, d’un journal, d’une industrie de la construction navale florissante, ainsi que d’un service de télégraphie.
Deux des plus célèbres habitants de Baddeck sont J.A.D. McCurdy, qui a piloté le premier vol canadien au-dessus de la baie de Baddeck a bord du Silver Dart en 1909, et l’inventor du téléphone de reputation mondiale, Alexander Graham Bell. Aujourd’hui, Baddeck est une destination
Erected by Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation, Government of Nova Scotia & Village of Baddeck.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 46° 5.841′ N, 60° 44.964′ W. Marker is in Baddeck, Nova Scotia, in Victoria County. Marker is on Water Street just from Margaret Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 80 Water Street, Baddeck, Nova Scotia B0E 1B0, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. William Kidston (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); First Aeroplane Flight (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Home and School Movement (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Canada's Hundred Days and Armistice 1918 (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); Women, the War Effort and Winning the Right to Vote (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Park (approx. 0.7 kilometers away); The First Airplane Flight in Canada (approx. 0.7 kilometers away); First Flight by a British Subject in the British Empire (approx. 0.7 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baddeck.
Also see . . . History of Baddeck - Wikipedia. (Submitted on January 2, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
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