This historical old house shows how many of the houses here were converted to commercial use and then back to residential. It was built in apx. 1786. and was once home to a merchant, S. Sparrow, then was bought by Thomas Jost, a Halifax merchant. The family stayed here until 1971. The house is set up more as a museum with the 3 floors showing different periods of time. We began in the basement where we saw the beehive oven. A table was filled with old kitchen implements and our guide had us guess the function of each. A wooden washing machine was down here also, as well as barrels that were used to ship things in. An interesting note was that the stained glass windows for St. George's were shipped in barrels of molasses and the lead from the windows was then in the molasses which were later sold. On the first floor there was the store in the front 2 rooms. They used both pewter and china in the dining room. On the 2nd floor we saw wooden floors with rope used as caulking in the spaces in the bedroom. Sparrow was a shipbuilder so he used methods used to build a ship in building his house. The parlor was on this 2nd main floor which was furnished in the Victorial period to show what it would have looked like then. Then on the 3rd floor there was a museum with a Victorian wedding dress, a shawl given by Queen Victoria, to a lady who came here to get married to a captain in Victoria's body guard, and other period clothing. Also up here was an a late 1800's drug store donated by J. Cook, a pharmacist who died in 2005.
There is an interesting area of Sydney that has some of the old historical buildings which made up the original town. Cossit House is the home of a controversial Loyalist Anglican minister who came to start a new life in this British colony in 1786. He was the first rector of St. George's church near the house. There are costumed guides who tell you about the house. I was most interested in the old kitchen shown in the photo here. Notice that the main counter of the red cabinet is unpainted because that was the work surface where food was prepared. It's like our kitchen counter. Pewter plates and cups were used. They didn't know at that time that lead used in them leached into the food put on them. Cossit's wife was named Thankful and had 13 children. Off of the kitchen is the "birthing" or "sick" room. It was painted tomato red, the original color which was used because blood wouldn't stain the walls. The upstairs bedrooms were furnished as they were then. Rope beds were piled with quilts made from old clothing. Ropes were tightened which is where the term "Sleep tight" came from.
You can park on the street along Charlotte St. but need to have quarters to feed the parking meters. $1 for an hour.
Cape Breton is well know for its celtic celebrations and music. During my visit there was a festival ongoing but I didn't really get to see much of it.
This would be a good time to visit the area when you have all these extra festivities on the go at the same time.
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As you can see from the picture, Sydney has a nice waterfront walkway. If you are in the downtown area and want to go for a walk this will be nice.
You will certainly get an Atlantic feeling from this. Enjoy the salt water air and there will probably be some cruise ships in the harbour at the same time.
Fortress of Louisbourg (National Historic Site of Canada)
Step back in time to 1744! Experience Louisbourg, a thriving seaport and capital of Ile Royale (Cape Breton Island).The Fortress of Louisbourg was one of the busiest harbours in North America andone of France's key centres of trade and military strength in the New World. Today, the Site is an exciting and entertaining lesson in history. Discover its many secrets!
Each summer the Fortress springs to life. Dozens of costumed animators become the town's residents of the summer of 1744. Period homes, exhibits and theme centres line the central streets of Rue Toulouse and Rue Royale, as well as along the busy waterfront (quay).
Men, women and children enact the full range of society from the leisurely activities of the rich to the hard physical labour of the poor. You'll see engineers, musicians, soldiers, merchants, street vendors, bakers, servants and fishermen.
The 'residents' will surprise and delight you with stories, dances, music, nailmaking, cooking, sewing, gardening and animal care.
The Cabot Trail is soooo pretty. You can't possibly see all it has to offer in one day. There's alot to do and see all along the trail with truly spectacular views.
The Cabot Trail is 185 miles or 298 km and loops around the northern tip of the Cape Breton Highlands, Nova Scotia, passing through many charming communities such as Pleasant Bay, Cheticamp and Ingonish. Each with breath taking scenery, unforgettable hospitality,artwork,museums, whale watching, accommodations and some of the finest sea food dining in the world. The Cape Breton Highlands National Park lies along the Cabot Trail, providing world class hiking, camping and scenic look-offs.
Rita MacNeil is a famous Canadian singer/songwriter from Big Pond, Cape Breton. She opened a tea house in her hometown. It's a very nice and fancy little spot- you can have tea, browse in the gift shop, and look at displays about her life and recordings.
Whale watching was a really fun activity. A little expensive- but for over 3 hours on the ocean and close up encounters with whales, it was worth it! I found the guides to be extremely friendly and knowledgeable.
Make sure you drive the loop highway through Cape Breton National Park in the NE lobe of Nova Scotia's superb Cape Breton Island. The trip is impossible without a car, motorcycle, or bike, however.
'Nova Scotia' is Latin for 'New Scotland.' If you've never been there, this is as close as you'll get without crossing the 'pond.' The landforms are spookily similar, though the accent is definitely not the same. Sadly, there are no castles, either.
See new travelogue with pics of the drive around the island.