On my way to work this morning I noticed that there was an interesting fog hanging over the Annapolis Basin. Realizing that there was the potential for an interesting picture, I turned the car into the parking lot across from the old Granville Ferry Anglican church. Within a couple of minutes I was able to snap a handful of pictures that show about 250 years of development on the Annapolis Royal waterfront. The earliest building (Bailey, Murray, Bonnett and Robertson Houses) date to the arrival of the New England Planters in the 1760s or United Empire Loyalists in the 1780s. These houses served the desperate crowds who were fleeing America in the years following the American Revolution.
The O'Dell House Museum, Pickles & Mills Building, old Post Office and the McCormick Store all date between 1860 and 1900, a period known as the Golden Age of Sail. These buildings were built at a time when Annapolis Royal was a significant port. Ships from around the world would have tied up to one of the many wharves along the waterfront. King's Theatre was built in the aftermath of two devastating fires in 1920 and 1921. Through live performances and movies, this building has served as an essential part of the cultural life of our community for almost 100 years. It really is amazing what you can find on a foggy morning.
All for now,