Jessie Luther: Artist, Teacher, Pioneer  

Written by Jenny O’Neill, Executive Director, Westport Historical Society 2022   What is the significance of this handwoven mat made in Newfoundland to the history of Westport? Named after Sir Wilfred Grenfell, a British doctor known for his humanitarian work among the fishermen of northern Newfoundland and Labrador, these Grenfell hooked mats have become prominent […]

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Over the hill to the poor house

“Over the hill to the poor-house – me child’rn dear, good-by! Many a night I’ve watched you when only God was nigh; And God’ll judge between us; but I will al’ays pray That you shall never suffer the half I do today.” Will Carleton, 1904   Revisiting the story of the Westport Town Farm The […]

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Hix Bridge Road by Richard Gifford

The Dartmouth highway records from the early 1700s note the existence of a ferry in the area where the bridge now stands, but do not mention who operated the ferry. By tradition, George Cadman operated the ferry before Mary Hix took it over ca1710. The highway records do state that a suitable crossing point across […]

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SOME WESTPORT AND DARTMOUTH ROADS DESCRIBED IN “OLD DARTMOUTH HIGHWAY RECORDS 1705-1786″  by Richard Gifford  

The following are some extracts from Old Dartmouth Highway Records 1705-1786, which can be accessed online at dartmouthhas.org. Without a knowledge of the location of the early homesteads, the modern reader would find it impossible to know, in most cases, which modern road is being referred to. Thus as the first line in each entry […]

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Early Schooldays in Westport

Interviews conducted in 1987 by Lorraine C. Roy and students from Westport Middle School.   REBECCA TURNER INTERVIEWS MARION SHERMAN BORN 1895 OLD-FASHIONED SCHOOL DAYS On Wednesday, July 13, 1988, I interviewed Mrs. Marion Sherman, 92 years old.  The main purpose of my interview was to find out what schooling was like when she was […]

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