Nova Scotia Archives

Chipman Family Papers

Planters of Cornwallis


The virtual exhibit presented here re-creates briefly, through archival photographs, documentary art and early maps, the look-and-feel of Nova Scotia's early New England Planter communities. We've included images from towns such as Yarmouth, Barrington and Liverpool as a reminder that the Planters, when they came, settled in a wide arc of new townships scattered around Nova Scotia's coastline — from Chester in Lunenburg County, down to Yarmouth at the southern tip of the province, up through the Annapolis Valley, and on to Amherst and Sackville at the Isthmus of Chignecto.

We've focussed this small exhibit on the early years of the Planters — bearing in mind that photography didn't arrive here until a century after they did, by which time much had been lost. The province's contemporary built heritage still retains, nevertheless, many tangible reminders of the Planters in domestic and church architecture, especially in the Annapolis Valley and along the South Shore.




"A Plan of the Town of Cornwallis Containing 160 half acre Lots"
Date: 1760
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives Map F/239 - 1760 Cornwallis

"A Chart of the Peninsula of Nova Scotia"
Date: 1761
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives Map 3.5.3. 1761 Nova Scotia

"The Isthmus of Nova Scotia"
Date: published 11 March 1779
Artist: J.F.W. DesBarres
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives Map 2.4.1.23

"The Entrance of Mines Bason"
Artist: J.F.W. DesBarres
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives Map 2.4.1.23A

"Cape Blow-me-down, and the Bason of Mines"
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives Library: AK F100 M78 Captain W. Moorsom, Letters from Nova Scotia; comprising sketches of a young country, London, 1830

"View of the Fort and Part of the Town of Annapolis"
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives Library: F100 H13 vol. 2 Thomas C. Haliburton, An historical and statistical account of Nova-Scotia, Halifax, 1829, opp. p. 159

"The Old Stone House Avondale, N.S."
Date: ca. 1963
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives Photograph Places: Avondale Road: Houses: "Old Stone House"

"Colonel Jonathan Crane, father of James, Silas, William etc."
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives Photograph People: Crane, Colonel Jonathan

"The Old Corner House, Grand Pre, NS"
Date: ca. 1930
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives Photograph Places: Grand Pre: Houses: Old Corner House

"Old Church Grand Pré"
Date: 1920
Photographer: Graham
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives Photograph Pré: Churches: Old Covenanters' Church: Postcards

"Pulpit in Old Church at Grand Pré"
Date: 1920
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives Photograph Grand Pré: Churches: Old Covenanters' Church: Postcards

"St. John's Church, C. of E., Church St., King's Co., N.S."
Photographer: Graham
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives Photograph Places: Church Street: Churches: St. John's Anglican Church

"Kent Lodge, Wolfville, N.S. Built by Judge Elisha DeWolf . . ."
Date: 15 June 1933
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives Photograph Wolfville: Houses: "Kent Lodge"

"West view of Yarmouth"
Date: ca. 1819
Artist: Joseph Brown Comingo : water colour
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives Documentary Art accession no. 1979-147 no. 230

"Front (south) and West End & stone-wall (since removed): Old Meeting-house, originally Congregationalist, built 1765, Barrington, N.S."
Date: ca. 1900
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives Photograph Places Barrington: Churches: Old Meeting-house: Congregationalist

"Front (South) & West End: Old Meeting-house, originally Congregationalist, built 1765, Barrington, N.S."
Date: November 1931
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives Photograph Places Barrington: Churches: Old Meeting-house: Congregationalist

"High Pulpit, seen from side pew: Old Meeting-house, originally Congregationalist, built 1765, Barrington, N.S."
Date: November 1931
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives Photograph Places Barrington: Churches: Old Meeting-house: Congregationalist

"Cobb House, Liverpool, Queens Co."
Photographer: Clara Dennis
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives Clara Dennis accession no. 1981-541 no. 429

Simeon Perkins
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives Photograph People: Perkins, Simeon

"Home of Simeon Perkins (1735-1812), Merchant and Diarist of Liverpool, NS"
Date: 1947
Photographer: Nova Scotia Information Service
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives Nova Scotia Information Service NSIS 1260

Drawing Room, Perkins House
Date: 1958
Photographer: Nova Scotia Information Service
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives Nova Scotia Information Service NSIS 11440

Kitchen, Perkins House, Liverpool
Date: 1958
Photographer: Nova Scotia Information Service
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives Nova Scotia Information Service NSIS 11445
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