Thursday, November 27, 2008

Images of Granville Ferry

Since I am in the lull between Victorian Christmas decorating and the official opening on Friday night, I will post something a bit different today. I have previously mentioned that one of my favorite landscapes lies directly in front of the O'Dell House Museum. The view of Granville Ferry with its ever changing tides, fog formations and colours on the North Mountain is always spectacular.

Granville Ferry, as well as the many other communities in this area bearing the Granville name, (Upper Granville, Granville Beach, Granville Centre and the former Lower Granville) were named for Lord John Carteret, Earl of Granville (1690-1763). Granville was a diplomat and court follower during the early Georgian period. He held a variety of posts including Secretary of State and Ambassador to Sweeden. Among other things, he was known for his lavish hospitality as well as a fondness for fine wine. Amusingly, both of these traits have been acquired by the Nova Scotia community named for him.

The ferry referred to in Granville Ferry was a boat which crossed the Annapolis Basin. Starting in 1777, this was the main way to get across the water without heading up river to the appropriately named Bridgetown. This service operated until a bridge was built across the Basin in 1920. Today, the Annapolis River Causeway is the main transportation link between Annapolis Royal and Granville Ferry.

Today, I will post a few images taken this morning as well as a few from a sunset earlier in the month. As a note to anyone traveling to this part of the world, the November sunsets are by far the most spectacular of the year.

All for now,
RGS

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