Annapolis Valley Towns Trivia

An Old 1910 Postcard showing St George Street, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia.

I have made up this page of Annapolis Valley Towns Trivia from different tidbits of information about the towns and communities of the Annapolis Valley.

I will mention here that my use of the word towns is broad to cover towns, villages and other communities in the Annapolis Valley.

While doing my research I often found different names for towns, or special events that happened in the towns or bits of history unique to that town. Sometimes information about a certain industry or building caught my attention. It is all kind of interesting little tidbits of information so I wrote them down.

I was never sure what I would ever do with this information. Now I know, I want to share it with you! Hopefully you will find it interesting Annapolis Valley Towns trivia also.

Here is my list of Annapolis Valley Towns Trivia.

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Here is my list of Annapolis Valley Towns Trivia

  • St. George Street in Annapolis Royal was paved for the first time in 1939.
  • Taking its name from the mill built on its banks by loyalist Henry Magee, the Mill Brook dissects the Main Street in Kentville.
  • In the 1960’s, crowds flocked to Meadowvale, Annapolis County to watch dirt track stock car racing.
  • In the early 1920s there was a bowling alley in Annapolis Royal on St. James Street.
  • Before receiving its present name in 1856, Port Williams was known as Terry’s Creek.
  • Berger Hill is a popular sledding spot in Kentville.
  • In 1840 Granville Ferry received its present name in honor of Lord John Carteret who became Lord Granville in 1744 and who was English Secretary of State. Other areas took on the manes of Lower Granville, Granville Centre and Upper Granville. Granville Ferry received its name because of the ferry boat service here. Before this the village was known as New Caledonia.
  • In Annapolis Royal you will find a stone wharf dating from the eighteenth century.
  • In 1988 the Recreation Commission of Annapolis Royal held the first Santa Claus Parade.
  • In 1969 the CFB Cornwallis Fire Department won the Grand Award in the Canadian Military Division over 80 other departments from Canada and the United States. The contest was sponsored by the Fire Prevention and Clean-up Campaign Committee of the National Fire Protection Association. A hearty Well-done goes out to Fire Chief Ron Atwell and his crew.

  • Harbourville, Kings County used to be known in the past as Shingle Log Brook and Givens Wharf.
  • Over 100 guides would pitch tents on Battery Point in Digby to take part in the Nova Scotia Guides Association competitions.
  • Waterville, Annapolis Valley was once known by both Bull’s Corner and Pineo Village.
  • In 1904 Camp Aldershot was moved from along the Cornwallis River to its present location northwest of Kentville.
  • The original name given to Port George by the native Mi’Kmaq was "Goolwagopskooch" which translated to "Haunt of the Hooded Seal".
  • In 1890 during the summer months delivery of one pound ice blocks was made every morning except for Sundays by A.H. Riordan to the people of Annapolis Royal.
  • Until 1803 the Annapolis Valley community of Lawrencetown was known as Dunn’s Mills.
  • In 1979 the Annapolis Royal Natal Day committee sponsored the Martin & Downs Traditional Circus. They were set up on the old Mill Lot.
  • The Bricklaying class at the Annapolis Campus in Middleton stepped up to recreate a two ton concrete bull which stands at the southwest corner of the village of Kingston to celebrate their annual Steer BBQ.
  • You can find Mount Beeman in Digby, Nova Scotia.
  • August, 1937, A plane from the Fundy Airways has landed in Annapolis Royal on the landing strip on the town marsh.
  • The name of Morden Siding was used for the village of Auburn for a few years after the construction of the railway through the Annapolis Valley.
  • In January of 1938 "The Annapolis Royal Record" a new weekly newspaper published its first issue with V.L. Bent, senior partner and Stanley Spray Junior as proprietors.
  • Because of its position sitting halfway between two counties Bear River was referred to as "The Bridge" for several years.
  • Two streets in Annapolis Royal, St. Anthony and St. James streets were both widen by approximately two feet when they recapped the pavement on the streets and sidewalks.
  • In Kingston there were approximately two million barrels of apples packed and shipped overseas in 1930.
  • In 1840 there were sixteen stores in Granville Ferry and shipbuilding was the main industry.
  • Even though it is separated from the rest of the county by the Minas Basin, Parrsboro, at one time was part of Kings County.
  • There were at least fifteen wharfs along the Annapolis Royal coast at the time of WWI. Wharfs in Annapolis Royal in 1930 included the Queens; The McCormick’s; The Corbitts; The Railway and The Acadia wharfs.

  • The first commercial steel industry was located in Trenton, Nova Scotia.
  • Before 1830 Canning was referred to as Habitant Corner.
  • There was a big fire in Annapolis Royal that consumed 22 buildings in 1880.
  • Hick’s Ferry & The Bridge are two names that used to be used for the community of Bridgetown.
  • In 1937 a large brick building, a familiar landmark for over 60 years, near the road to the Granville bridge in Annapolis Royal was demolished. English Apple Importers erected the building at a time when large quantities of apples were handled at this port. The building was used for sorting and packing purposes for many years. Later the County Exhibition was held there and after changing hands several times it was purchased by Graham Limited and used as an evaporator. The building was sold to W. Spurr of Melvern Square who shipped the bricks from it to build another warehouse.
  • In 1780 a gentleman named George Sutherland first introduced cherry trees to the Bear River area and they flourished.
  • In 1920 the town of Annapolis Royal owned the electric light plant and station at Lequille and had a franchise for waterpower on Allain River.
  • The first white settlers to the Port George area were the Gates family, the same ones known in the area for their doctor’s home remedies. Their popular Gates Invigorating Syrup was supposed to cure everything.
  • Established by the Davidson Lumber Co. and once boasting a population approaching 2000, the Aylseford area community, Crossburn ceased to exist following the closing of the mill in 1914.
  • The first people to settle in Middleton called their settlement Gates Ferry.
  • In 1921 picket fences lined both sides of St. George Street in Annapolis Royal all the way up to the Mileboard Corner.
  • Before the Digby Scallop Days festival, Digby used to celebrate the Digby Fishermen's Regatta, started in 1911.
  • In 1993 one hundred and twenty-five buildings were designated as heritage properties in Annapolis Royal, which is believed to be the most for any one town.

  • The first consolidated school in Canada, opened in 1903 was built in Middleton, Nova Scotia.
  • In January of 1948 the Annapolis District Community Centre was turned into a miniature Hollywood by a unit of the National Film Board who was on location to do a 20 minute documentary film on rural community centres.
  • The Fundy Fertilizer Company was located in Kentville and Middleton.
  • The population was up to 684 people in Port George in 1891.
  • July 1, 1933 saw the opening of the Airport in Annapolis Royal.
  • In 1927 the first Liquor Vendor's shop was opened in Annapolis Royal.
  • In September, 1922 a book of Remembrance was put out by the Annapolis Historical Association about happenings in 1921. Only three hundred copies were made.
  • In the early 1800s the Gates family had a plant at Port George where they made their Doctor's Home Remedies, and a shipyard and wharf. During this time the village was called "Gate's Breakwater".

These are some of the interesting little tidbits of Valley Towns trivia I have seen and wrote down over the years while doing research. I find them interesting, I hope you did also. If I happen across any thing else I will add it to this list.

Please note that although I wrote these bits of information down, I did not really expect to be using them and did not write down sources. Most came from local newspaper articles. I never verified any of this information, nor do I guarantee the correctness of it. I am only sharing it as fun little bits of Valley Towns Trivia.

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