“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Lunenburg County Nova Scotia Historical Markers

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By David Graff, September 12, 2011
Swissair Flight 111 Memorial
Nova Scotia (Lunenburg County), Bayswater — Swissair Flight 111 MemorialBayswater
English text only shown The communities of Peggys Cove and Blandford were central to the recovery operation following the crash of Swissair Flight 111. The Whalesback and Bayswater Beach sites were chosen for their proximity to those . . . — Map (db m47255) HM
Nova Scotia (Lunenburg County), Bridgewater — 12 — Bridges / Les ponts***Riverfront Renaissance***

Bridging the LaHave It is only fitting that a place named "Bridgewater" should have such a rich history of bridges. Between 1825 and 1983, five bridges have spanned the LaHave River, connecting east and west Bridgewater. Prior to . . . — Map (db m112428) HM

Nova Scotia (Lunenburg County), Bridgewater — 6 — The Great Fire 1899 / Le grand incendie de 1899***Riverfront Renaissance***

Up in Flames In the cold, early hours of January 12, 1899, a fire began in the basement store of E. B. Simonson, located in the Music Hall at the corner of Dominion Street, and Commercial (now King) Street, where you are . . . — Map (db m112426) HM

Nova Scotia (Lunenburg County), Lunenburg — “…for those in peril on the sea.”
English Seafaring of all kinds, and fishing especially, is one of most dangerous occupations. Lunenburgers have lived with the dangers associated with making a living from the sea. Fishermen in dories would get lost in the fog, unable to . . . — Map (db m78204) HM
Nova Scotia (Lunenburg County), Lunenburg — 1753 Open-Air Protestant Interfaith Church Services

Here, in the year 1753, before any church was built, open-air Divine Services were held and Holy Communion administered in English, French, and German, to the first settlers and Garrison of the Town of Lunenburg by the Reverend Jean Baptiste . . . — Map (db m112431) HM

Nova Scotia (Lunenburg County), Lunenburg — Defence of LunenburgLa défense de Lunenburg
English When the British settlement at Lunenburg was established in 1753, the Town plot was enclosed by pickets surrounding the east, north and west ends of the Town. The west end was fortified by four blockhouses placed at strategic . . . — Map (db m78328) HM
Nova Scotia (Lunenburg County), Lunenburg — Finck-Holder HouseRegistered Heritage Property — Circa 1829

[Title is text] — Map (db m112478) HM

Nova Scotia (Lunenburg County), Lunenburg — First PeoplesLes Premières nations — Amskwesewaq Mimajuinu’k
English The earliest inhabitants of these lands were the Mi’kmaq. Their nation included most of the territory that later became Acadia and possibly parts of Newfoundland. This area was called Mi’kma’ki. It consisted of seven regions, each . . . — Map (db m78297) HM
Nova Scotia (Lunenburg County), Lunenburg — Foreign Protestant Settlement in LunenburgL’arrivée des protestants étrangers à Lunenburg
English In 1750, British authorities, mistrustful of the colony’s large Acadian population, began encouraging immigration by settlers of more obvious loyalties. These settlers became known as the “Foreign Protestants.” They . . . — Map (db m78296) HM
Nova Scotia (Lunenburg County), Lunenburg — Foreign Protestants & the Settlement of LunenburgLa colonisation de Lunenburg par les protestants étrangers.
English On June 8, 1753, a small flotilla of ships carried 1453 settlers protected by 150 troops and militia, arrived at the harbour which the Mi’kmaq called Merligueche after the whitecaps that topped the waves in the harbour. This group . . . — Map (db m78318) HM
Nova Scotia (Lunenburg County), Lunenburg — Koch-Solomon House

Solomon House c.1775 One of Lunenburg's Most Historic Homes Built by Heinrich Koch

Heinrich Koch was nineteen when he arrived at Lunenburg with the first settlers in 1753.

The next year, with his father Anton, he set up the . . . — Map (db m112430) HM

Nova Scotia (Lunenburg County), Lunenburg — Lennox Tavern1791

Provincial Heritage Property

Registered Heritage Property

Nova Scotia Heritage Award 1998

Lunenburg Recognition for Restoration Award 2000 — Map (db m112477) HM

Nova Scotia (Lunenburg County), Lunenburg — Lunenburg - Home of the Bluenose & Bluenose IILunenburg - Port d’attache du Bluenose et du Bluenose II
English On March 26, 1921, Smith & Rhuland’s launched hull number 121, the fishing schooner Bluenose. Built from a design by William J. Roué, Bluenose at 258 tons, was the largest schooner ever launched at Lunenburg. Although . . . — Map (db m78158) HM
Nova Scotia (Lunenburg County), Lunenburg — Lunenburg’s Fishing Industry 1870’s - 1940’sL’industrie de la pêche à Lunenburg de 1870 aux années 1940
English By 1870, Lunenburg schooners abandoned the Labrador fishery and concentrated on the fishing banks off of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. Instead of handlining from the schooner’s deck, fishermen set out in dories - double-ended, flat . . . — Map (db m78207) HM
Nova Scotia (Lunenburg County), Lunenburg — Lunenburg’s Fishing Industry Since 1940’sL’industrie des pêches de Lunenburg depuis les années 1940
English Although efforts were made to use large vessels known as otter trawls in the offshore fishery in the 1920’s, they were not used extensively until after the Second World War. Unlike the long line which used baited hooks to attract . . . — Map (db m78206) HM
Nova Scotia (Lunenburg County), Lunenburg — Lunenburg’s Fishing Industry to the 1870’sL’industrie de la pêche à Lunenburg avant les années 1870
English Lunenburg’s early settlers, the “Foreign Protestants,” came from a rich agricultural area in Europe and it was planned that they should establish farms which could supply both their own needs and those of the colony’s . . . — Map (db m78259) HM
Nova Scotia (Lunenburg County), Lunenburg — Lunenburg’s Shipbuilding TraditionLa tradition de la construction navale à Lunenburg
English Lunenburg’s success in the fishery stimulated the construction of many fishing vessels. Almost all of the schooners fishing out of Lunenburg during the Town’s first 200 years were built in the Town or in other Lunenburg County . . . — Map (db m78154) HM
Nova Scotia (Lunenburg County), Lunenburg — Merligueche
English This site known as the Old French Cemetery, is one of the few links to the Town’s Mi’kmaq and Acadian past. Known by the Mi’kmaq as Merligueche meaning whitecaps which topped the waves in the harbour, the name continued to be used . . . — Map (db m78260) HM
Nova Scotia (Lunenburg County), Lunenburg — Old Town Lunenburg Historic DistrictL’arrondissement Historique du Vieux Lunenburg
English A remarkable historical community is found in the streets, public spaces, buildings and daily life of Old Town Lunenburg. Set on a hill overlooking the harbour, Lunenburg was founded in 1753. Its gridiron layout, with a parade . . . — Map (db m78209) HM
Nova Scotia (Lunenburg County), Lunenburg — Rum RunningLa contrebande de l’alcool
English From 1920 until 1933, the sale of alcohol was prohibited due to the strong “Temperance Movement” in the United States. This prompted a demand for smuggled liquor which proved to be a lucrative business for organized crime . . . — Map (db m78303) HM
Nova Scotia (Lunenburg County), Lunenburg — St. John's Anglican Church / Église Anglicane St. John

Prominently sited on the parade square, this church was an important symbol of British authority and Anglican dominance for Lunenburg's early settlers, who were mainly German-speaking Protestants. From construction in 1754 through many . . . — Map (db m112453) HM

Nova Scotia (Lunenburg County), Lunenburg — St. John's Anglican Church / L'église anglicane St. John's

The first Anglican services in Lunenburg were held outdoors on this site and were conducted by a missionary from England. A two-storey structure in the New England Meeting House style was built between 1754 and 1763. The oak frames were . . . — Map (db m112486) HM

Nova Scotia (Lunenburg County), Lunenburg — St. John's Parish Hallformerly Lunenburg Courthouse — 1775 1902

Registered Heritage Property Parish Hall Circa 1775 — Map (db m112408) HM

Nova Scotia (Lunenburg County), Lunenburg — The Early Acadian History of LunenburgL’histoire des premiers Acadiens de Lunenburg
English More than a century before the founding of Lunenburg, these lands were inhabited by French-speaking settlers, known as Acadians. Their settlements, including one at Lunenburg, then known by its Mi’kimaq name, Merligueche, began in . . . — Map (db m78294) HM
Nova Scotia (Lunenburg County), Lunenburg — The Fire / Le Feu

Beginning in the early hours of November 1, 2001, fire ravaged this historic church, substantially destroying the building. Undaunted by the destruction, the parishioners decided to restore the church. With financial help from friends around . . . — Map (db m112454) HM

Nova Scotia (Lunenburg County), Lunenburg — The Jessen Bell / La Cloche Jessen

This bell hung in the tower of St. John's since 1814 and served as the tolling bell for over 185 years. It was cast at the Whitechapel Foundry in London, England. On November 1, 2001, fire ravished through the Church, destroying the tower and . . . — Map (db m112432) HM

Nova Scotia (Lunenburg County), Lunenburg — The Labrador Whaler Anderson Bros.
The Labrador whaler Anderson Bros. is the type of boat that was used extensively in the Labrador fishery of the 19th century. Lunenburg County had a large fleet of 40 to 60 ton schooners known as “Labradormen” that went to the . . . — Map (db m78205) HM
Nova Scotia (Lunenburg County), Lunenburg — The Sack of LunenburgLe Pillage de Lunenburg
English During the American Revolution many coastal settlements were harassed by enemy privateers. On the morning of 1 July 1782 approximately 100 raiders surprised and overpowered Lunenburg’s small defence force, captured the blockhouses . . . — Map (db m78317) HM
Nova Scotia (Lunenburg County), Lunenburg — Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church / L'eglise lutherienne evangelique de Sion

Lunenburg is home to the oldest worshiping Lutheran congregation in Canada. The first Lutherans, mostly Germans from farming districts of the Upper Rhine, settled in the Town in 1753. Initially they worshiped outdoors and later were allowed . . . — Map (db m112480) HM

Nova Scotia (Lunenburg County), Mahone Bay — War MemorialLest We Forget — Hold High The Torch From Falling Hands We Threw

This stone of remembrance is erected in loving memory of our brave men who laid down their lives in the Great War 1914 - 1918 for Truth Justice Liberty

In honour of all who served and in grateful appreciation of the . . . — Map (db m112530) WM

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