Saturday, December 11, 2010

Allain's River

Once in a while I come across a photograph which provides an interesting perspective on the scenery around Annapolis Royal. Certain views of the town are quite common. I have seen countless photographs of Fort Anne, St George Street and the view across to Granville Ferry. On the other hand, I have seen far fewer images taken from this vantage point. For those unfamiliar with the geography of Annapolis Royal, this image is taken looking into town from across the Allain's River. The old railway bridge can be seen almost in the middle of the image with the earthenworks of the fort directly behind it.

The Allain's River wanders from the right of the picture to the center where it meets the larger Annapolis River. The conjunction of these two rivers was an important seasonal encampment for the Mi'kmaq and their ancestors for thousands of years. This would have also been a point of strategic importance during the 1707 and 1710 British attacks on Port Royal. Landing parties were sent up the Allain's River so that they could build entrenchments and start to attack the fort from the back side.

By the time this image was taken by Charlotte Perkins around 1900, there was no hint of this violent past. In fact, there is something relaxing about this pastoral scene of cattle grazing beside a meandering river.

All for now,


  1. The photo shown bears a close resemblance to one of the sample photos from the Payne collection and shown on the AHS website. The latter is identified as on the Hillsdale Golf Course and/or Dugway Road. The perspective is nearly the same and even the large boulders look similar.

  2. This is a similar view to the one found in the Sidney Payne collection. In the Payne image (link at bottom) there is the roof of a house at the far right of the picture. In this image, the roof of this house can be found in the treeline directly behind the grazing cow.