|Gathering outside the Quaker House (owned and operated by the Dartmouth Heritage Museum).|
Geary Street Mi'kmaq Cememtery Article (the relevant article starts on page 6 of the PDF)
Our guide then took us through the Dartmouth Commons (which was originally marked as a 'common' cattle grazing area) to King Street to talk about the 'Dartmouth blockhouse.' I will address this topic in great detail in upcoming posts.
We then moved on to the site of the old Quaker Meeting House (now covered by the Dartmouth Central Post Office) and the Quaker Whaler House (see the above picture). In the summer, you must visit the Quaker Whaler House; it is a quaint little museum owned and operated by the Dartmouth Heritage Museum (which is currently based at Evergreen House on Newcastle Street). What's a Quaker, you ask? The Quakers were a religious 'sect' founded in England in the wake of the Reformation. They are also known, more formally, as the Society of Friends. In the historiography (the history of the history) of Dartmouth, the Quakers have been celebrated as whalers (our group of Quakers were heavily involved in the lucrative whaling industry) and community builders (especially because the Quaker House is the oldest known still-standing building in Dartmouth).
|The Quaker House is the only Provincial Heritage Building in Dartmouth.|
|House of John Forbes, inventor, on Crichton Avenue, Dartmouth. The house is now split up into apartments.|
|Panoramic view of Sullivan's Pond (originally a holding pond for the Shubenacadie Canal) from Crichton Avenue.|
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