Nova Scotia Archives

Built Heritage Resource Guide

Nova Scotian Settlement Landscapes

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.

This Built Heritage Resource Guide is unusually rich in the information given in the Note Areas accompanying most images. So... when you scan down the pages, be sure to click on the thumbnails so that you can enlarge and explore the images, plus read the extra details provided beneath each.

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"A View of Halifax Drawn from Ye Topmasthead [1750]" 
Date: 1750
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 no.: Nova Scotia Archives Map Collection: S.B. 4

Topic: Nova Scotian Settlement Landscapes
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"View of the Town and Fort of Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia" 
Date: ca. 1753-1755
Artist: John Hamilton
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives Photo Collection: Places: Annapolis Royal: General View

Topic: Nova Scotian Settlement Landscapes
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"Church of Saint Paul and the Parade at Halifax in Nova Scotia" 
Date: 1 March 1764
Artist: Richard Short
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives Documentary Art Collection: 1979-147.168

Topic: Nova Scotian Settlement Landscapes
Dalhousie University, Special Collections, William Inglis Morse Collection, Morse Print No. 45 scan 247
"South-East View of Lunenburg, 1816" 
Date: 1816
Artist: Henry Pooley
Reference no.: Dalhousie University, Special Collections, William Inglis Morse Collection, Morse Print No. 45 

Topic: Nova Scotian Settlement Landscapes
In <i>History of Nova Scotia</i> by Thomas C. Haliburton, (Mika Reprint, 1973), opp. p. 103. scan 200803024
"View of the Front Street of Windsor" 
Date: ca. 1829
Reference no.: In History of Nova Scotia by Thomas C. Haliburton, (Mika Reprint, 1973), opp. p. 103. Nova Scotia Archives Library: F107 H13 Vol. 2

Topic: Nova Scotian Settlement Landscapes
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"Lochaber Lake, County Sydney, Nova-Scotia" 
Date: 1830
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives Library: AK F100 M78

Topic: Nova Scotian Settlement Landscapes
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"Pictou from Fort Hill" 
Artist: Wm. Eager
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives Documentary Art Collection: 1979-147.134

Topic: Nova Scotian Settlement Landscapes
Edith Read scan 200803035
"Forest St., Looking East, Yarmouth, NS" 
Reference no.: Edith Read Nova Scotia Archives accession no. 1996-78 no. 77

Topic: Nova Scotian Settlement Landscapes
 scan 200803034
"Yarmouth" 
Date: ca. 1893
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives Photo Collection: Places: Yarmouth: General

Topic: Nova Scotian Settlement Landscapes
Dickey family scan 200803033
Church Street, Kentville, NS 
Reference no.: Dickey family Nova Scotia Archives accession no. 1984-567 no. 1

Topic: Nova Scotian Settlement Landscapes
 scan 200803032
"Kentville, Probably 1896" 
Date: ca. 1896
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives Photo Collection: Places: Kentville: General View

Topic: Nova Scotian Settlement Landscapes
Walter Kauzman scan 200803028
"Baddeck, Cape Breton, NS" 
Date: 1861-1874
Reference no.: Walter Kauzman Nova Scotia Archives accession no. 1989-268 no. 1

Topic: Nova Scotian Settlement Landscapes
Thorpe family scan 200803026
"Esplanade, Sydney, C.B." 
Date: ca. 1908
Reference no.: Thorpe family Nova Scotia Archives accession no. 1986-466 no. 118

Topic: Nova Scotian Settlement Landscapes
Annabel Ells scan 200803029
"General View, Truro, NS" 
Date: ca. 1908
Reference no.: Annabel Ells Nova Scotia Archives album box 2 no. 117

Topic: Nova Scotian Settlement Landscapes
Annabel Ells scan 200803030
"Truro, NS, from East" 
Date: ca. 1908
Reference no.: Annabel Ells Nova Scotia Archives album box 2 no. 118

Topic: Nova Scotian Settlement Landscapes
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