The Mersey River is named after that of the River Mersey in Liverpool, England. The river proper flows from the eastern end of Eleven Mile Lake in Annapolis County southward to Kejimkujik Lake in Kejimkujik National Park, then through Lake Rossignol to empty into the Atlantic Ocean at the town of Liverpool, Nova Scotia.
The river was a major transportation route for the Mi'kmaq people of Nova Scotia. Later, it was used to transport logs out of the interior of the province. Now, there are a number of hydroelectric projects on the river.
Snow was born in Brooklyn, Queens County, Nova Scotia, Canada. When he was 14, he ordered his first guitar from Eaton's catalogue for $5.95, and played his first show in a church basement in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia at the age of 16. He then travelled to the nearest big city, Halifax, where he sang in local clubs and bars. We saw him years ago at the Grand Ole Oprey. The museum is worth a visit.The Centre features many famous, personal memorabilia of 'native son' HANK SNOW, including his '47 convertible Cadillac, and of various Canadian country music stars, including Carroll Baker, Wilf Carter, Ronnie Prophet, George Hamilton IV, Lucille Starr and others.
Adults : $3
Seniors : $2
Students : $2
Fort Point Lighthouse Park can be found at the end of Main Street in Liverpool. The Lighhtouse was built in 1855 and was a harbour lighthouse. Now a museum, the Lighthouse provides an interactive interpretation of life in the lighthouse and the community. Free
The Astor Theatre is proud to be the oldest performing arts venue in the province. In 2002 the Astor Theatre celebrated 100 years of entertainment on the South Shore of Nova Scotia.
Built in 1902 as part of the historic Town Hall, the theatre was known as the Liverpool Opera House.This little theater always has something going on . Either live preformances from local artists or a movie. It is the Old Town Hall circa 1901.
You can buy tickets online.
This was an interesting Museum of Hunting, Fishing, Guidesports & Mi’kmaq History .There is a recreated Trapper’s Cabin from the 1930's and stories about famous wilderness guides, their paddles, gear, trophies and a photography collection of the past 100 years of hunting and fishing.
This gallery features artists from across Canada . When we were there we saw the amazing work by Laurie Swim . September 1- October 15/08 -- Laurie Swim : The Quilt as Art. Laurie did much of this work since moving back home to Nova Scotia in 2004.
This galery is a part of the The Rossignol Cultural Centre
The Rossignol Cultural Centre is is a 24,000 sq. ft. newly renovated, multi-faceted cultural centre, featuring a variety of Museums, Art Galleries, Libraries and Wildlife.
Hours: Mon- Sat: 10:00-5:30 (May 15 to Oct 15)
Sunday: Noon - 5:30 p.m. (July and August only)
Admissions: $4 adult • $3 seniors & students • Children under 6 free
W.R. MacAskill of Nova Scotia was world-renowned for his marine portraits including Gray Dawn and this scenic of Peggy's Cove. Many homes have at least one print of his works ( including ours ) There is an excellent collection of images and artifacts from this beloved Nova Scotian image-maker at the Sherman Hines Museum .
The photgraph is of his enchanting Gray Dawn
Sherman Hines is a famous photographer from Liverpool who made his mark in world circles . In the museum we were delighted to find comprehensive collections of images, cameras and artifacts from all of the key figures in the history of Nova Scotian photography – Dodge, Garber, Gavin, Gentzell, Hines, Knickle, MacAskill, Rogers, Sponagle, and many others.
The Museum is located in the Old Town Hall.
I was actually just killing time while waiting for the Hank Snow Country Music Centre to open, so found myself following signs out to Fort Point Lighthouse Park.
It was quite informative, with signs around the outside. The inside, the lower level, was a gift shop, and there were a combination of cutesy stuff, and some nicer gifts. Then you climb the very steep steps (yes, there is a railing to help you up!).
If you are interested in country music, and the Atlantic Canadian country music scene, in particular, then you'll find the museum quite interesting. Hank Snow was born near Liverpool, and the museum is in the old Railway Station.
During Privateer Days (end of July), there is s graveyard tour that is fun. Tour guides take you along to tell some local history and actors pop out to sing to you, etc. It is entertaining.
The oldest grave marker is dated 1761. It is interesting to see the different headstones and the different pictures on them (pointing hands, skull with wings, etc.)
Every year my home town has a festival when we celebrate what our town was built upon... privateering (a leagal form of piracy sanctioned by the Queen).
People walk around in period costume (1780) and sport muskets proudly.
There are a few notable things to attend:
- a graveyard tour where you can learn some interesting local history
- a historical community walk
- a period wedding (each year, a lucky couple is chosen to share their wedding with the community and visitors)
-a reinactment --> Americans trying to invade Liverpool harbour (Go Canada! - the Americans are no match for our muskets!)
Perkins House, built in 1766, offers a glimpse of life in Liverpool as it was lived in Simeon Perkins’ day, when the harbour teemed with schooners, sailors, and privateers
This was the next best thing to the real thing . They had a giraffe , and a leopard , zeabra and many more.