A Time of Remembrance

Submitted by Devonna Edwards One of Many Tales of Disaster that Lay Beneath the Waters of the Bedford Basin The tragic story of the ‘Erg’ started at the Halifax Shipyard where it was built in 1915. It was one of the earliest steel vessels built in Halifax and was owned by the Halifax Shipyard. The…

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FAIRVIEW WINS THE BRENTON TROPHY IN QUOITS TOURNAMENT

Submitted by Devonna Edwards OLD GAME KNOWN AS QUOITS BECOMES FASHIONABLE AGAIN In August of this year, the Historical Societies from Fairview, Rockingham, Bedford, Waverley and Sackville met at Historic Scott’s Manor House in Bedford for a Quoits Tournament. In the final, Championship Game, Fairview beat out Waverley to claim victory and the Brenton Trophy….

Memories of Old Time Halifax Covered Rinks

Submitted by Devonna Edwards Prior to indoor rinks, ice skating and hockey were conducted on frozen ponds and lakes in the Halifax area. The Halifax Harbour and Bedford Basin in earlier years would freeze over and provide winter recreational activity. These popular activities on a gusty cold day, although enjoyable, could be unpleasant when frozen…

Briar Cottage and Briar Lane

Submitted by Devonna Edwards At the end of a beautiful floral graced lane a grand old estate once stood. Sounds like the beginning of a fairy tale story but this one is true. Briar Cottage and Briar Lane received their names from the profusion of delicate blooms of Briar Roses which surrounded them. Briar Cottage…

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The Royal Naval Burying Ground also known as the Naval Cemetery, and the Battle of the HMS Shannon and the USS Chesapeake

Submitted by Devonna Edwards The Naval Cemetery is a small military cemetery located in C.F.B. Stadacona on Gottingen Street, Halifax. The cemetery is situated behind Admiralty House (Maritime Command Museum) on a hill that slopes down to Barrington Street and is enclosed by fencing with a locked gate. In 1894 the cemetery occupied over four…