Shoulders With Our Forebears
years ago, on
June 9, 1761, the first three families of our English forebears arrived
at Chebogue aboard the Pompey Dick to establish the Township of Yarmouth. Others soon
followed them, and over the years the Township grew. People built homes,
children were born, and - as it goes - people died.
This special project for Yarmouth's 250th anniversary celebration (new window) was created by the students of the grade 5-Rideout class at Arcadia Consolidated School in 2010-2011, under the guidance of teacher Jim Rideout, and with the help of a Professional Development Assistance Fund grant (read the proposal) from the Nova Scotia Teachers Union.
In October the students traveled to Chebogue Cemetery at Town Point (grave data, property data: new windows), near where the first English settlers arrived on June 9, 1761, and where some of those original settlers are buried. They did gravestone rubbings of those early arrivals, as well as of other significant and/or interesting people from Yarmouth's past.
Afterwards, they went to the Yarmouth County Museum & Archives (new window) where Archivist Jamie Serran had prepared research materials for them. Each student then wrote about the person whose stone they had rubbed.
The final project officially opened June 16, 2011, with the rubbings, write-ups, and photos of the stones displayed on 19 of the school's hallway bulletin boards behind fire-safe glass purchased with the PDAF grant. The displays were further decorated with the student's names spelled out in sailing ship signal flags. Photos of the students rubbing stones and researching at the Archives were also on display, along with photos from the reenactment of the landing of the first English settlers.
The rubbings, photos of the gravestones, and write-ups will be held in perpetuity by the Yarmouth County Museum & Archives as part of the historical record of the Township.
The links below take you to pages with the write-ups, and photos of the rubbings and the stones. They are in a rough chronological order.
(all photos by Jim Rideout unless otherwise indicated)
Other pages of pictures and information.