Place Names and Places of Nova Scotia (in Dartmouth Township)

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“Whereas some uncertainty exists as regards the limits of the Township of Dartmouth… Be it therefore enacted by the Lieutenant Governor, Council and Assembly, that the lines of the Township of Dartmouth shall be established and settled as follows, beginning on the Eastern side of Bedford Basin at the head of Pace’s cove at low … Read more

History of Halifax City

“The [Indigenous people] had appeared in the neighborhood of the town for several weeks, but intelligence had been received that they had commenced hostilities, by the capture of twenty persons at Canso… On the last day of September they made an attack on the sawmill at Dartmouth, then under the charge of Major Gilman. Six … Read more

Opinions of several gentlemen of the law, on the subject of [Black] servitude, in the province of Nova-Scotia

“James Delancey, Esquire, of Annapolis, in the Province of Nova Scotia, had a [Black] slave, named Jack, who run away from his service without leave, and went to Halifax, above an hundred miles distant from Annapolis, where he was taken into the service of a Mr. Wooden on wages. On hearing this, Col. Delancy directed … Read more

View (of Dartmouth) from Fort Needham near Halifax

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Dartmouth can be seen to the left, number 8. Parkyns, George. “View from Fort Needham near Halifax.” 1801. Aquatint and etching printed in dark greyish yellowish brown ink, coloured with water colour, on laid paper. Laid down on cardboard.

View of Halifax from Davis’s Mill, Dartmouth

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Parkyns, George Isham. “View of Halifax from Davis’s Mill, Dartmouth” 1801. Aquatint and etching printed in dark greyish yellowish brown, coloured with water colour, on laid paper. Laid down on cardboard.

To his excellency Thomas Jefferson, esqr., President of the Congress, this chart of the United States of America: including Halifax, Havannah [Havana], New Providence, and all the northern parts of the West Indies

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Dartmouth and Indian Town! 😎 If only there was more detail of the settlements themselves. Fascinating to me that the only inset on this map is Halifax Harbor, to me it represents Jefferson’s viewport, reflective of his notes on the State of Virginia that recognizes the cession of Nova Scotia as a proprietary colony in … Read more

The story of Christ Church, Dartmouth

“When Halifax was first settled, this side of the harbor was the home and hunting ground of the [Mi’kmaq]. Soon after the settlement of Halifax, Major Gillman built a saw mill in Dartmouth Cove on the stream flowing from the Dartmouth lakes. On September 30th 1749, the [Indigenous people] attacked and killed four and captured … Read more

Chronological Table of Dartmouth, Preston, and Lawrencetown

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1746-1799 Duc d’Anville arrived at Chebucto, 10 Sept 1746 Halifax founded, 21 June 1749 [Indigenous people] attacked 6 men at Maj. Gilman’s saw-mill, Dartmouth Cove, killing 4, 30 Sept 1749 Saw-mill let to Capt. Wm. Clapham, 1750 Alderney arrived from Europe with 353 settlers, Aug. 1750 Town of Dartmouth laid out for the Alderney emigrants, … Read more

Toler Map, 1808

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An excellent map from 1808, and one of the only maps to show the location of “Fort Duncan” in Dartmouth, whatever was left of it would’ve likely been obliterated by the construction of the bridge which also just happened to bisect Dartmouth’s Common land. 🤔

The Development of Public Health in Nova Scotia

“Disaster is frequently the parent of legislation. In surveying the long history of Nova Scotia, we find this saying particularly true.” “The first recorded instance of illness in Nova Scotia is the account of Champlain of an outbreak of scurvy at Port Royal in 1606. His group of settlers had spent the winter of 1605 … Read more

From John Adams to Boston Patriot, 12 July 1809

“Upon looking over again the words of the first article, there seems to be room for dispute, which a British minister, in the present state of his country, would be capable of taking advantage of. The terms which are used are exceptionable. There are no American colonies at war with Great Britain. The power at … Read more

From John Adams to Boston Patriot, 12 August 1809

“…The English made their first efforts against the northern states. There they were able to do nothing but shew their ill will. They then fell upon the middle states. Here they succeeded no better than before. Now they have concerted their plans and directed their forces against the southern states. Georgia and South Carolina are … Read more


From The Story of Dartmouth, by John P. Martin: In the Royal Gazette for July 1809, the livestock of Maroon lull was advertised to be sold at Mr. Bell’s Ferry House Old Ferry Inn, at one o’clock on Saturday the 29th. The lot included one pair of beef oxen, one pair small oxen, seven milk … Read more


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From The Story of Dartmouth, by John P. Martin:

At Silver’s Hill, the slope no doubt originally extended down to the lake shore. Pioneer trails generally avoided lowlands. Hence this “new” road to Preston followed the broad path still seen on the hillside below Sinclair Street, until it emerged around the bend at that bay of the lake called by the Mi’kmaq “Hooganinny Cove”.

The causeway-bridge over Carter’s Pond at the town limits, was very likely built during the time of the Maroons, for the road is shown on military maps as early as 1808, indicating that this section of highway had been constructed some years previously.

In the year 1808 Mrs. Jonathan (Almy) Elliot, widow, was married to Nathaniel Russell, widower, of Russell’s Lake, who had been long bereft of all his family. Of the Russell union, one son Nathaniel was thus a half-brother to the Elliot children.

Dartmouth, 1808 (See: Toler Map)


From The Story of Dartmouth, by John P. Martin: On Wednesday, March 11, 1807, Christian Bartlin and Alexander McDonald were drowned by the oversetting of their boat as they were returning home from Halifax. (This man may have been a son of Christian Bartlin who died here in 1792). In that same year 1807, ferryman … Read more

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