Early travel accounts in books, magazines and newspapers offer mixed results regarding substantive information for the province’s built heritage. While most outlines focus on the physical landscape only, or provide minimal and very general community descriptions, some accounts do include references to public buildings and private residences. In the images presented below, we’ve selected a variety of communities across Nova Scotia from 1750 to the early years of the 20th century, and paired them with contemporary accounts describing their built landscape and appearance.
"A View of Halifax Drawn from Ye Topmasthead "
Artist: Moses Harris and D'Anville; published according to an Act of Parliament, 25 January 1750; printed for T[homas] Jefferys, St Martin's Lane, Charing Cross [London, England]
Reference: Nova Scotia Archives Map Collection: S.B. 4
"View of the Town and Fort of Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia"
Date: ca. 1753-1755
Artist: John Hamilton
Reference: Nova Scotia Archives Photo Collection: Places: Annapolis Royal: General View
"Church of Saint Paul and the Parade at Halifax in Nova Scotia"
Date: 1 March 1764
Artist: Richard Short
Reference: Nova Scotia Archives Documentary Art Collection: 1979-147.168
Nova Scotia Archives — https://archives.novascotia.ca/builtheritage/results/
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