Removing the Pictou Landmark Airplane

Removing the Pictou Landmark AirplaneRecently the military airplane landmark that was located in Veteran’s Memorial Park in Pictou was dismantled and moved as part of the construction work for the new roundabout in Pictou. Below is some video footage of the process thanks to Pictou Advocate.

Removing the Pictou Landmark Airplane

“The memorial airplane that has marked the entrance to Pictou since the early 2000s was removed August 25, 2016 in order to make way for construction and a re-configuring of the area. over the course of a day after preparation by cutting bolts and properly harnessing the aircraft, it was finally lifted from its pedestal. The wings will be removed next before storage.” [source: PictouAdvocate.com]

 

Pictou Landmark Airplane removal

Removing the Pictou Landmark Airplane "The memorial airplane that has marked the entrance to Pictou since the early 2000s was removed August 25, 2016 in order to make way for construction and a re-configuring of the area. over the course of a day after preparation by cutting bolts and properly harnessing the aircraft, it was finally lifted from its pedestal. The wings will be removed next before storage." [source: PictouAdvocate.com]

Posted by Pictou County on Sunday, October 16, 2016

Stellarton

Stellarton has a rich history in coal mining and the hometown of Sobey’s, a Canadian Grocery icon.  map of Stellarton Nova Scotia town limits

Stellarton, Nova Scotia

What we now know as Stellarton, was first settled by some families from the Ship Hector in 1774. A few years later coal was discovered and led to the development of the first pit that became known as the MacGregor Seam.

Pictou County coal cartThe War of 1812 increased the demand for coal and the area became known as Coal Mines Station, that was later changed Albion Mines until 1870. The town was then renamed to Stellarton after a type of torbanite known as “stellarite” that sparkles when burned. Coal mining remained the main industry in Stellarton until oil started to replace coal in the 1950’s. These days there is only one active open pit coal mine, operated by Pioneer Coal.

The Museum of Industry  contains hundreds of artifacts related to the Pictou County coal industry era,  of which many came from the former Stellarton Miners’ Museum after it closed. If you have not yet had a chance to see the museum (Maritime’s largest museum) then we highly recommend you check it out, it is rich in Pictou County history associated with coal mining, steel production, manufacturing and ship building. The museum not only deals with industry but allows you to explore and learn about those who invented and the people that made a living here.

Sobeys, Canada’s 2nd largest grocery outlet still maintains it’s headquarters in Stellarton. Their first self serve supermarket opened here in 1949 and now has expanded to include more than 1300 stores in 10 provinces.

The town has a population of about 4,485 (2011 census) and includes an area of about 8.99 km².  Just like most other regions in Nova Scotia, Stellarton has experienced a significant decrease in population since the 1980’s (Stellarton had a population of 5,433 in 1981), but still remains to be one of the top residential areas of Pictou County.

[sources: stellarton.ca / museumofindustry.novascotia.ca / statcan.gc.ca]

Stellarton Links

Stellarton Area Directory

Click here to browse the various businesses, organizations, landmarks, etc. found in the Stellarton area, taken from the Pictou County Directory.

You can also use the search box located along the top of the site to help find places in Stellarton. And if you know of any places not yet in the Pictou County Directory, then let us know, or help us out by adding it yourself [all basic listings in the Pictou County Directory are Free].

 

 


Historic Pictou County Photos

Pictou County established in 1835, has a very rich history and experienced many changes over the years. Unlike modern day where there seems to be a camera around every where you look and digital photos are like a ‘dime a dozen’ ; historical photos are more precious and can help us to better understand what things were like around here back in time.

Recently we found a some boxes of old photos in an old house that we have fixed up into a summer home and bought a few at some yard sales. Therefore decided to create a place on the web where we can preserve and share old photographs of Pictou County that we come across and that what more people can appreciate Pictou County’s rich history.  We dedicated a section of our website for old Pictou County photos as well as started a large Pinterest board where others can contribute.Sobeys Store 1950

So if you are looking for old Pictou County historical photos then you will want to check out our growing collection of old Pictou County photos both here on PictouCounty.net and on Pinterest.

Pictou County Historical Photos

The Pictou County Historical Photos pin board contains scans of historic photos we have scanned, as well as many others that we have come across on the Internet [if you or someone you know have photos that you would like to share, then we would be more then happy to hear from you].

Follow Historic Pictou County Photos on Pinterest.

Above is a dynamic sample of some of the latest additions (using an app that updates the photos when more are available), simply click on a thumb nail of any image below and it will open up a new window with a larger image, comments and link to source etc.

If you use Pinterest then consider following Pictou County on Pinterest and help us share photos of Pictou County.


Pictou County Pirate Maps

Pictou County Pirate Map

Pictou County Pirate Map

Want to create your own pirate themed Pictou County map?

Then try out this fun online web mapping application that takes boring old Google maps and makes it appear like a real Canadian treasure map. Click here fore more details …

Also check out other maps of Pictou County

 

How to Search Your Family Tree

How to Search Your Family Tree - Pictou County

How to Search Your Family Tree

Most of us desire to know where we came from and what our family history is, especially in Pictou County where most of us have descended from families that emigrated here from Europe, but how do you search your Family Tree?

Most people tend to believe that it is too hard to do all the research needed to put their family history together, but in reality it is not very hard at all. Below are some hints and tips on researching your family history.

First, you can start by getting anything you already have together such as pictures, heirlooms, documents, diaries, or family Bibles, anything that may have bits of information to get your research started. Ask all your relatives if they have any of these or other items like old letters, postcards, or anything that identifies your relatives for your family tree. Check with the eldest of your relatives as they will have been around the longest and tend to know more history.

It’s also a good idea to actually interview all of the relatives that you can get together to help you in your quest. Just get them started talking and telling you stories about their lives and you are sure to find out many facts that you didn’t have previously. You can even record the interviews if they will allow it and save it for future generations to hear.

Other sources of genealogy information

You can also go online to find information on your family history. There are several websites that specialize in this sort of information, plus you can look up things like cemetery records, death and birth certificates, wills, immigration records, deeds, census reports, etc. for valuable information on your relatives.

Once you know where some of your ancestors lived, you can go there to do things like check out the local cemetery and take pictures of their graves, go to the courthouse to get information on their birth or death certificates, or go to local churches and see if they keep records on marriages or baptisms that may include your relatives’ names. All of this adds some sparkle to your search for your family history.

The Pictou-Antigonish library is great location to help you to find information related to local genealogy. You can look in their old records, newspapers, books, and obituaries to find many interesting pieces of information.

If your family holds a family reunion, then try putting out ahead of the date a request for everyone to bring in old pictures, stories, diaries or anything that could help in tracing your family tree.

Filling out the family tree charts

Next, you will take all the names and other information and start filling out a family tree chart. Usually these start with your name and go backwards to show your parents, grandparents, etc., along with their spouse and kids. If you have any missing spaces, then go back and re-interview relatives and try to fill in the names if possible.

There are also several well-known family history computer software programs that will help you to document and build your family history charts.

All in all it is very exciting to find out where you came from and who your ancestors were. Plus, it is a valuable thing to pass on to your children because you can not only show them who they came from, but you can add in documentation on things like genetic problems, illnesses, allergies, etc.


1889 New Glasgow Map

1889 Map New Glasgow Nova Scotia - title block

1889 Map New Glasgow Nova Scotia - Steel PlantThis historic map of New Glasgow, Nova Scotia created and published in 1889 by Duncan D Currie provides a unique bird’s eye panoramic view in an eastward direction from the North side of town.

You will also find small detail sketches of several local landmarks such as the Albion Mine and the Acadia Foundry as well as brief bird’s eye sketches of surrounding towns like Stellarton, Westville, Trenton & Antigonish.

You can download a larger full size detailed map version here

1889 Map New Glasgow Nova Scotia

 

“Maps courtesy of the Norman B Leventhal Map Center located at the Boston Public Library”

Photos of New Glasgow

We recently started a Pinterest board where people can contribute and encourage others to share photos of New Glasgow Nova Scotia. So if you are looking for photos of New Glasgow then you will want to check out our pin board on Pinterest.photos of New Glasgow Nova Scotia - downtown

Photos of New Glasgow Nova Scotia

The New Glasgow pin board contains scans of photos we have scanned or taken as well as many others that we have come across on the Internet [if you or someone you know have photos that you would like to share, then we would be more then happy to hear from you].

Below is a dynamic sample of some of the latest additions (using an app that updates the photos when more are available), simply click on a thumb nail of any image below and it will open up a new window with a larger image, comments and link to source etc.

If you use Pinterest then consider following Pictou County on Pinterest and help us share photos of Pictou County.


Follow New Glasgow Pictou County Photos on Pinterest.


Photos of Trenton

We recently started a Trenton Pinterest board where people can contribute and encourage others to share photos of Trenton Nova Scotia. So if you are looking for photos of Stellarton then you will want to check out the Trenton pin board on Pinterest.Trenton - Nova Scotia

Photos of Trenton Nova Scotia

The Trenton pin board contains scans of photos we have scanned or taken as well as many others that we have come across on the Internet [if you or someone you know have photos of Trenton that you would like to share, then we would be more then happy to hear from you].

Below is a dynamic sample of some of the latest additions (using an app that updates the photos when more are available), simply click on a thumb nail of any image below and it will open up a new window with a larger image, comments and link to source etc.

If you use Pinterest then consider following Pictou County on Pinterest and help us share photos of Pictou County.


Follow Trenton Pictou County Photos on Pinterest.