DARTMOUTH, Halifax County: This city is located on the east side of Halifax Harbour. A [Mi’kmaq] name was Boonamoogwaddy, “Tomcod ground.” The English name may have been given in honor of William Legge, Earl of Dartmouth, Colonial Secretary 1772-75, but it was probably named for the Devonshire port of Dartmouth. In August, 1750, the Alderney arrived in Halifax (Chebucto) Harbour with 353 settlers on board. On August 23 the Council resolved to settle them across the Harbour from Halifax. Before the end of 1750, a blockhouse and small military post had been built. In 1751 the settlers suffered from an [Indigenous] attack. After the American Revolution an oil factory was set up and operated by a Nantucket Whaling Company about 1785 to 1792. They built a meeting-house about …

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“Commander of the Tallahassee… was J. Taylor Wood, a nephew of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. In after years Captain Wood resided at Halifax. See his grave at Camp Hill cemetery. He died in 1904. In a bay around the bend from Imperoyal, American naval aircraft were based during World War I. Among men there was Admiral Richard E. Byrd of Antarctic fame. …Nova Scotia Hospital. Site chosen in 1856 by Miss Dorothy Dix, American philanthropist interested in mental diseases. Near rural Woodlawn… there came in 1815, a young Scottish schoolmaster named James Gordon Bennett. He afterwards founded the New York Herald. At Preston, Sir John Wentworth, Governor of Nova Scotia had his summer estate. A native of Wolfboro, N.H., he had been governor of New Hampshire before the …

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A list of all of the acts passed in the Nova Scotia legislature from 1789-1996 in regards to Dartmouth, be it “Dartmouth Town”, the “Dartmouth town plot”, “Dartmouth township”, the “Town of Dartmouth” or the “City of Dartmouth”.

Crown Land Grants are an invaluable historical resource, and you can learn a lot about how Dartmouth developed by following the patterns from the subdivision of these tracts. https://novascotia.ca/natr/land/grantmap.asp?fbclid=IwAR0mjbyLGcHoUf7YIgk06mXbjKQyqdT6SHjtKTp5SNSRkVrXRpeN2dE6uxs The map itself is a 1940s era base-map and so you’ll see the original configuration of many once rural now suburban roads. Beyond the Land Grant Map Index, individual grants also have records of their own, and sometimes maps to go along with them. Included here is a map from Seth Coleman in 1790 – who was Clerk of the Dartmouth Meeting of Friends (The Quaker Fellowship). He owned the land that today stretches from Ochterloney Street to Church Street along the Dartmouth shore. This area was once littered with shipyards and later served as the terminus for one …

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