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Welcome to Lunenburg, Nova Scotia – Part One

on September 11, 2012

Sunday’s drive took us to Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, located on the South Shore of Nova Scotia approximately 1-1/4 hours from Halifax. This picturesque “Old Town” Lunenburg was first designated as a National Historic District by the Federal government in 1992. In 1995, the “Old Town” was added to the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) world heritage site. It is only the second urban community in North America to be included on the list.

Founded in 1753, Lunenburg was named after the Duke of Braunschweig Lunenburg, who had become King of England in 1727. Lunenburg was the first British colonial settlement in Nova Scotia outside of Halifax. It is an outstanding example of British settlement in terms of its conception as a model Town plan and its remarkable level of conservation. It was laid out in a rectangular grid pattern on the steep hillsides facing south. Today, you can see the defined, narrow streets and compact lots of the original plan.

The Town’s evolution based on shipbuilding and the fishing industry is prominent in the buildings and spaces throughout the town.

Lunenburg is also home to the Lunenburg Academy, that once housed grades one through twelve until 1965. Today, it continues as an elementary school with enrollment of 165 students.

Built in 1894, the Academy is built of wood, two storeys high and is a rare surviving example of Nova Scotia’s 19th century “golden age” of Academy construction in the Province.

In 1984, the Lunenburg Academy received the official designation of a provincial heritage property, as well as being approved as a site of both national and architectural significance by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.

Our next post will concentrate on another famous icon…..stay tuned!


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