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Fairview, a community in Halifax (HRM), Nova Scotia, is a unique and diversified community that has a strong dedicated group of individuals focused on preserving the past and promoting the future.
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To Our Members

On behalf of the Fairview Historical Society, we send out best wishes of health and safety to all our members and non-members.

We also send our thoughts and prayers to those of you who are not so fortunate and have been afflicted by Covid-19.

Although our society has suspended our monthly executive meetings because of the Virus, our Society Archivist continues to feature both historic and interesting articles on our site.

As mentioned some time ago we had plans for an event in the fall of 2020, but it is a strong reality that it will have to be put on hold.

We will keep you informed.

Donald R. Edwards

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Featured Articles

Andrew Downs Zoological Gardens

The Zoo was located on Dutch Village Road, today known as Joseph Howe Drive. Andrew Downs was a naturalist, taxidermist and zoologist who...
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Memories Of Three Fairview Seniors

The interesting lives of three Fairview seniors, Lorraine (Daine) Rozee, Ann (Veniotte) Tattrie, John Hurst...
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The Mi’kmaq (formerly known as Mic Mac) in the Fairview Area.

Chief Lonecloud married seventeen year old Elizabeth Paul and they had four daughters and two sons. Lonecloud’s father Abram, joined the Union Army when the Civil War began...
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Fairview People Gone But Not Forgotten

“Oscar Sandoz did not do espionage”
There was a rumour among some people in the Fairview area, during World War Two, that...
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Dairy Farms

Dairies listed in the City Directory for 1909 in the Fairview and surrounding areas...
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Fairview Youth Center and Fairview Phillies Baseball

On Sundays between the hours of 1-5 p.m. the Legion Centre hosted an average of 70 youth members and...
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Old Churches Of Fairview

Read about the history of Fairview churches past and present...
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Earlier Schools in the Fairview and Surrounding Areas up to The Present Day

Many would have gone to, and are going to, this comprehensive history of Fairview schools past and present...
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Halifax Municipal Airport – Also Known As Chebucto Road Airport

In the newspaper dated September 1928, it announced that the Bluehill Farm property was chosen for the site of the new Halifax Municipal Airport...
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No 6 District Depot (Chebucto Barricks)

The Depot opened in November 1941 on the northern section of the Municipal Airport Field which was then undeveloped land. Today that area is known as...
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The Blue Caps Women’s Softball Team – Fairview 1930s

The Blue Caps Women’s Softball Team was composed of 15 year old Fairview girls. At home, they played on...
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The Provincial Penitentiary

It was located one-half mile from the city of Halifax, on fourteen acres of land overlooking the eastern shore of the North West Arm...
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Rockhead Prison – Also Known As City Prison

The prison was located one mile north of downtown Halifax, on a high hill above Africville and overlooking the Bedford Basin....
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Devlin’s Pond in Fairview and the Polio Epidemic in the early 1950s

Devlin’s Pond was located on Melrose Avenue; between Melrose Avenue and Sunnybrae Avenue in Fairview, just below Alex Street...

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The Old tannery and Area

the old tanneryThe Old Tannery was located three miles from Halifax, on the Bedford Highway. A Rock Quarry occupied the site after the Tannery...Read More

Plane Crash In Fairview, 1953

Two airplanes, a Sea Fury and an Avenger, collided over Fairview with a deafening roar on April 9, 1953...
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Constable Charles Russell Fulton

Constable Charles Russell Fulton, was Halifax Police Department’s first police officer killed in the line of duty....
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St. Patrick’s Boys Home

Located on Mumford Road. The first St. Patrick’s Home for boys opened on October 2,1885 on the old Murphy homestead, known as...
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Geizer’s Hill or Geizer’s Mountain

geizers hill, fairview nova scotiaToday the areas location is described as the top of Main Avenue and Washmill Lake Drive. Years ago the lower part of Main Avenue was known as...
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Susie’s Lake and Quarry Lake

Many will remember hiking back to either of these lakes for a swim on a hot summer day. Years ago, before the Bi-Highway was built...

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Both Fairview Signs Now Up

The long awaited "Welcome to Historic Fairview" sign is now up by Shoppers Drug Mart on Dutch Village Road.

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Fairview Middlemore Home

Located in Fairview on the Bedford Highway. It was situated on a high hill next to the Rock Quarry (now a car dealership occupies the site).
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British Home Children Monument

Over 130,000 British Home Children were brought from England to Canada as Child Labour between the 1860’s and the 1940s.
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Flooding Of The Fairview Underpass

The Fairview Underpass and surrounding area endured many years of flooding. The Underpass formerly referred to as the Fairview Bottleneck was...
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The Fairview Post Office

The Fairview Post Office was located on the corner of Main Avenue and Titus Street. Today a KFC occupies the site. In 1931 Bert MacDonald’s family...
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Deals Of Fairview

The Deals were among the very first settlers who came to the Dutch Village (Fairview) in 1751. Dutch Village was originally called “Deutsch Village...
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Gold in the Hills of Fairview

Alexander Taylor strikes it rich on Geizer’s Hill (Main Ave.) at the Dutch Village (Fairview).

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Fairview Volunteer Fire Department

The Fairview Volunteer Firefighting Unit began in 1940 during the Second World War with the establishment of the Air Raid Patrol (A.R.P.)...
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Fairview Senior Volleyball

In June of 2016, the Fairview Aces Senior Volleyball Team of 1954-1965 was inaugurated to the Maritime Sports Hall of Fame....
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W. D. Piercey

William Drysdale Piercey was born in Dutch Village, Halifax County, Nova Scotia on June 9, 1877, son of Charles E. Piercey and Eleanor Jane Drysdale...
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Peninsula Road and Blockhouses

The Peninsula Line of Defence was a chain of outposts on the isthmus separating the Halifax peninsula and …
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Titus Smith Jr.

In order to tell the whole story about Titus Jr. I have to talk about his equally interesting father- Titus Smith Senior...
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Bayer’s Lake Mystery Walls

A dry-stone wall (no mortar was used in its construction) was discovered several years ago during an expansion of...
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Duc d’ Anville’s Armada

Duc d’ Anville’s Mighty French Armada sailed into the Bedford Basin in 1746 lookin for revenge of the loss of Louisburg.
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The Bedford Basin

The Bedford Basin, known for it's convoys, has seen explosions, log jams, even a number of sea monster sightings...
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Fairview Cove and Bert Cooper

Fairview Cove was a beautiful place before the government railroad cut up the area for its tracks in the 1850s. The Cove remained a popular swimming spot...
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The Railway and Fairview

The Railway played an important part in Fairview’s history not only visually but years ago, many people who lived there depended on it for their livelihood.
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Halifax Explosion

The Halifax Explosion December 6, 1917 and how the Sister of Charity from Mount St. Vincent Academy helped on that terrible day.
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Fairview Little League

In 1970 Little League Baseball made its debut in Fairview and it was a very exciting day for players, coaches and fans.
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