Sunday, March 13, 2011

Landmarks of the Granville Road

It was a beautiful late winter day in the Annapolis Royal region. It was the kind of day that was filled with the warmth and hopefulness of spring. A day where you can safely take a drive with the car windows rolled down for the first time in months. In fact, that was exactly what I did. Piling our resident three-year old into the car, we headed down the Granville Road to see what was going on. We decided to stop at a few of our favorite landmarks as we went down the road. I am sure that very few of the regular readers of this blog will be surprised to learn that the landmarks that were drawing our attention were heritage buildings.

We first stopped at the Port Royal Lighthouse. Due to an ongoing project at work, I have learned that this is officially called the Schafner Point Lighthouse although few locals would know it by this name. After watching some ducks along the shore and snapping a few pictures we headed down the road. Our next stop was at Christ Church Anglican in Karsdale. This Loyalist era building was built in 1791. This is now one of the oldest surviving churches in the province. The accompanying burial ground features some lovely examples of early Nova Scotia tombstones. This is a wonderfully peaceful landscape for wandering and wondering about the lives of those who once lived in our community.

After our stop at Christ Church, we continued down the road to the Victoria Beach Wharf and Lighthouse. My companion was interested in seeing more ducks so, I figured that this would be a good location. Since one wing of the wharf is currently under construction we wandered out the other side. Peering across the Digby Gut wed did indeed see some ducks. A small flock of eiders were flying low above the water and an unidentified group were a little further off shore. We left the wharf and walked part way up a steep hill so I could snap a few pictures of the Victoria Beach Lighthouse. This is the shorter of the two lighthouses featured in this post.

Due to one of us starting to get a bit grumpy, we decided to turn and head for home at this point. When my traveling companion fell asleep I decided that I could sneak off the road to get a few pictures of the Port Royal Habitation to complete my built heritage landmarks. The 1939 reconstruction of the 1605 settlement of deMonts and Champlain is always a worthwhile stop. All things considered we had an enjoyable afternoon.

All for now,
RGS







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