Friday, September 25, 2009


We braved rainy weather to visit Nunenburg, about 80 km from Halifax along the coast and we were thrilled when we saw it. Established in 1753 by Protestant immigrants from Germany, Switzerland and France, there was an abundance of charming European styled homes from the late 1700's and early 1800's that are still being used today.
One of the unique features of these homes is the "Nunenburg bump", the pop-out on the front of many of the homes.
Vibrant colours on the homes and businesses make this town perfectly adorable - even on a dreary rainy day.
The town slopes down to the wharfs on the working waterfront where their fishing and shipbuilding industries are still vital.
Lunenburg is also birthplace of the Bluenose which is depicted on our dime. The Bluenose II (also built here) was in port and we were able to walk the decks of this famous sailing ship. Mike had also sailed on it one day when he was in the Navy when it visited Victoria.

What a beautiful wooden sailing ship!
We wandered through the town and took many photos of the pretty houses. The town was also being used to film a TV movie remake of Mobey Dick, starring William Hurt but they were filming inside houses.
This is St. John's Anglican Church which was founded in 1756 and is Carpenter Gothic (the architecture was styled by wood instead of stone) and was very unique. It was designated a national historic site but in 2001 the building was all but destroyed by fire. Because they had photos and records of the historic building, they were able to reconstruct it.
George, an elderly volunteer, cheerfully gave us the history of the church. He told us the pews had been saved after the fire and pointed out burn marks that you could occasionally see. He also said that while the church was burning, 6 firefighters went in and carried out the alter; when the building was reconstructed, the same 6 carried it back in. The 700 gold stars that are on the sky blue chancel ceiling were determined to be what the Lunenburg sky would have appeared on Dec 24 in 1 BC, the traditional birthdate of Christ.
The chimes were originally from Quebec and I noticed the fleurs-de-lis lis on them. The stained glass was beautful and was all replaced after the fire. We were able to view some orginal stained glass windows on display downstairs where we also viewed the crypt where 17 burials are recorded.
Hard to believe, but this Lunenburg Academy built in 1895 now is their elementary school.
Another charming Lunenburg bump house. Thank goodness they made this a National Historic site and were able to preserve so many lovely homes and buildings.

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