Monday, February 1, 2010

Pictures of the Sinclair Inn Museum

One of the problems in running around with a camera with a large memory card is that I sometimes forget to download the images. Most of the time I get the pictures off the camera fairly quickly but, once and a while a batch slip through. This is the case with the images in today's post. I rescued this collection from my memory card when I decided to see if there was anything I had forgotten. These pictures of the Sinclair Inn Museum were taken toward the end of our operating season in October. I had made a trip up to the site hoping to take some shots of activities and features of the museum promotional purposes at some future date. Little did I know that I would be digging the images out months in the future.

This summer (2010) the Soullard House section of the Sinclair Inn is celebrating its 300th anniversary. This is a fairly monumental anniversary for any house in Nova Scotia. The only other documented wood framed building to reach the 300 year mark is the 1708 deGannes Cosby House on upper St George Street in Annapolis Royal. Together with the powder magazine at Fort Anne (1708), these are the only surviving structures from the French regime in Acadia.

The Soullard House was built by Jean Baptist Soullard and his Acadian wife Louise Comeau. For those who have not been to the museum, the Soullard House is the section of the museum which faces St George Street. The Soullard's residency was not long lived. In the fall of 1710 Acadie fell to the British after a week long siege. By 1712 the Soullards decided to move to Quebec. In 1781, this building was combined with the neighbouring 1710 Skene House to create something resembling the current structure. We are currently in the process of figuring out what sort of activities and events we will have to mark this occasion.

One event I can already mention is that we will be having a 1710 style market in the parking lot beside the museum on the afternoon of June 5th. At this point, we are looking for people who would be interested in displaying traditional skills and crafts or selling period appropriate wares at this event. Fell free to leave a comment or contact me by email if you would be interested.

All for now,

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