Thursday, March 12, 2009

Aerial Images

Included among the resources at the Annapolis Heritage Society Archives is a collection which documents the construction of the Annapolis River causeway. In my Curatorial opinion, this is a superb collection. There are literally hundreds of images which show the progress of the causeway from its earliest days to its eventual completion. As I go along with this blog, I will post a few of these images.

Included in the collection are several aerial photographs of Annapolis Royal. Aerial images are terrific since they usually give a wider perspective than you can achieve from the land. For the purposes of documenting the buildings in a community, this is an invaluable asset.

The first image shows the lower end of Annapolis Royal as it looked on May 9, 1958. Readily visible are St Louis Roman Catholic Cemetery and the Annapolis Royal rink on the left hand side of the picture. The O'Dell House Museum can also be clearly seen along the right hand side of the picture.

The second and third images are of the downtown core of Annapolis Royal. For those of you familiar with the town, this is the turn in St. George Street. Among the obvious differences from today, there is a service station beside Town Hall. Today this location is known as Petit Park and this is where our National Historic District plaque can be found. There are no service stations within the town of Annapolis Royal today.

The final image shows the causeway before it was completed. This image was taken on July 8, 1960 and I surmise that the above two images were taken on the same day. This is an interesting image as it shows the lumber yard for the Fortier Mill. While this area no longer houses a sawmill, there is development afoot. Brown Brothers Construction have been working to turn this area into Annapolis Royal's newest residential neighbourhood.

All for now,
RGS

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