I feel like I have been here before. Standing on the side of the road in Granville Centre and watching as an important heritage building is torn to the ground. Shaking my head as another piece of our heritage landscape is wiped from the map. With my camera in hand I diligently document the structure while there is still an opportunity to get some pictures. As I take my shots, I have an odd sense of sadness and frustration mixed with a very unpleasant touch of deja vu.
For some time I have known that All Saints Anglican Church in Granville Centre has been scheduled for demolition. I learned of this fate this summer after an unsuccessful attempt was made by the Annapolis Heritage Society to intervene on behalf of the structure. The church itself was consecrated in 1814 making it one of the oldest surviving churches in Nova Scotia. This was also the parish church for Granville. The unofficial word is that the church is on its way to Louisiana where it will become a Baptist church. I can only imagine the reaction of Bishop Charles Inglis, the first Anglican Bishop of Nova Scotia, were he to learn that of one of his churches was being sold off to the "New Lights".
I will try to make a couple of future posts on this topic to document the process of dismantling the church.
All for now,