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Dartmouth in Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia — The Canadian Atlantic
 

A Village of the Most Primitive Description

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, June 15, 2014
1. A Village of the Most Primitive Description Marker
Inscription. Canal Camp
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 pole planted in front of the door, like those which in Canada designated the residence of a captain of the militia. Latterly, this tenement has assumed the aspect of a little tavern neatly boarded
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By Barry Swackhamer, June 15, 2014
2. A Village of the Most Primitive Description Marker
on the outside, and capable of affording what we still see expressed on some out-of-the-way country signs as ‘entertainment for man and horse’. The inhabitants of this village and other cabins scattered along the line are Irish emigrants, who land without a shilling in their pockets and here find immediate employment.

 
Erected by Shubenacadie Canal Commission. (Marker Number 02.)
 
Location. 44° 42.033′ N, 63° 33.195′ W. Marker is in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, in Halifax Regional Municipality. 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, Nova Scotia B2X, Canada.
 
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.
 
Categories. Settlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 14, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 267 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 14, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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