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Tusket in Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia — The Canadian Atlantic
 

Argyle Township Court House and Gaol

Le Palais de Justice et Prison Canton d'Argyle

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., July 24, 2017
1. Argyle Township Court House and Gaol Marker
Inscription.

This well-preserved building, constructed between 1802 and 1805, is the oldest-known combined court house and jail still remaining in Canada. A prominent symbol of law and order, this building type was common to British North American towns in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, but few examples have survived. With its simple exterior form and restrained wooden detailing, this structure recalls the New England meeting-house tradition. The corner pilasters, gable-end eave returns, and row of denticulation under the eaves all contribute to the elegant simplicity of its design.

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Construit entre 1802 et 1805, cet édifice bien conservé est le plus ancien exemple connu existant au Canada de ce type de bâtiment qui abritait un palais de justice et une prison. De tels symboles de la loi et de l'ordre se retrouvaient au tournant du XIXe siècle dans plusieurs petites villes d'Amérique du Nord, mais très peu ont survécu. Par la simplicité de sa forme extérieure et de ses ornements de bois, celui-ci s'inscrit dans la tradition des meeting houses de la Nouvelle-Angleterre. Les pilastres corniers, les avant-toits à retour et les denticules sous la corniche lui confèrent sobriété et élégance.
Argyle Township Court House and Gaol Heritage Property Markers image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 24, 2017
2. Argyle Township Court House and Gaol Heritage Property Markers

 
Erected 2017 by Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada/Commission des lieux et monuments historiques du Canada.
 
Location. 43° 51.287′ N, 65° 58.478′ W. Marker is in Tusket, Nova Scotia, in Yarmouth County. Marker is at the intersection of the Lighthouse Route (Nova Scotia Route 3) and Courthouse Road, on the right when traveling north on the Lighthouse Route. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8168 Nova Scotia Route 3, Tusket, Nova Scotia B0W 3M0, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Law in Nova Scotia / La Loi en Nouvelle-Écosse (a few steps from this marker); The/Le Village of Tusket (a few steps from this marker); United Empire Loyalists (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); World Wars Memorial (about 150 meters away); Barges de foin salé de Buttes-Amirault (approx. 3.7 kilometers away); Saint Anne Catholic Church Veterans Memorial (approx. 3.7 kilometers away); Église Ste-Anne Church (approx. 3.7 kilometers away); L'histoire des Surette / History of the Surettes (approx. 4.8 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tusket.
 
Also see . . .
1. Argyle Township Court House and Gaol National Historic Site of Canada
Argyle Township Court House and Gaol and Markers image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 24, 2017
3. Argyle Township Court House and Gaol and Markers
. (Submitted on September 29, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Argyle Township Court House and Archives. (Submitted on September 29, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Argyle Township Court House and Gaol Canadian Register Statement of Significance. (Submitted on September 29, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 30, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 29, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 56 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 29, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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