Photos of Westville

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

Photos of Westville Nova Scotia

The Westville 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].


Follow Westville 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.


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.


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