Friday, June 19, 2009

Encampment at North Hills Museum

After the beginning of the Acadian deportation in 1755, there was a twenty year period when the British Crown made efforts to re-populate Nova Scotia with new settlers. Among these settlers were the New England Planters who came to receive grants of land. Another group of settlers were desireable because of their Protestant faith (the Roman Catholic faith of the Acadians had been an ongoing cause of friction with the British). These settlers included some Ulster Scots, Germans and Swiss. Many of the decsendants of the Germans and Swiss settled in Lunenburg County, on the south shore of the province, comprise Nova Scotia's Dutch (a corruption of the German Deutsch) community today.

This Saturday (June 20th) at North Hills Museum, 5065 Granville Road, Granville Ferry, the Atlantic Living Heritage Association will be bringing some of the history of the foreign Protestants to life. This group will be holding a historic encampment on the museum property. In this encampment, they will replicate many of the fashions, cooking methods and pass times of the foreign Protestants. There will also be black powder firing demonstrations. With a day's worth of activities, this encampment should be fun for the entire family.

Our images today were taken by Bruce Gurnham who is one of the interpreters at North Hills Museum. They show some members of the Atlantic Living Heritage Association setting up camp.

All for now,
RGS

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