Fonds 2021.029 - Country Harbour Loyalist Society

Sarah Mason-Wilson at 1983 Re-enactment of Landing of Country Harbour Loyalists

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Country Harbour Loyalist Society

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6 cm of textual material
1 binder of papers

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In the years leading up to 1983, a group of descendants of the Country Harbour Loyalist settlers met to plan a re-enactment of the landing of these Loyalists to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the event. They gathered what historical materials they could, and set about planning an event to recall this pivotal arrival of Loyalist settlers to Guysborough Country. Sarah Mason-Wilson and Dalton Hudson were two of the dedicated community volunteers who made the July 1983 event a reality. In 2001, another generation of Loyalist descendants incorporated to officially form the County Harbour Loyalist Society, and to lobby the Municipality of Guysborough to establish a Municipal Park and Walking Trail with interpretive panels at Stormont, Country Harbour, to commemorate this important migration. The park was officially opened on 15 July 2006.

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Fonds created and collected by the Country Harbour Loyalist Society. Materials were in the possession of Dalton Hudson, a member of the Society, then Noreen Hayne, and finally Michelle (Hudson) MacArthur. MacArthur, the daughter of Dalton Hudson, signed the deed of gift to the research centre.

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Fonds gathers material about the history of Loyalists in Guysborough County, N.S., from their arrival in 1783, as well as the activities of the Country Harbour Loyalist Society, notably their 1983 re-enactment of the Landing of the Loyalists and the 2006 grand opening of the Municipal Park and Loyalist Walking Trail in Stormont, Country Harbour. Fonds includes papers generated by the operation of the society, including paperwork for the incorporation of the society, meeting minutes, event planning notes, and letters of support from the community.

Fonds consists of the following series:
Series 1: Parks Canada
Series 2: History
Series 3: Legal Society Business
Series 4: Re-Enactment Photographs
Series 5: Guysborough County Heritage Association
Series 6: Minutes of the Country Harbour Loyalist Society
Series 7: The Loyalist Trail
Series 8: Form Letters of Support
Series 9: Volunteer Involvement

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An audio recording of Sarah Mason-Wilson addressing the St. Mary's Historical Society in April 1983 on the subject of the Country Harbour Loyalists is held by this repository: 2020.007, Ser. 2, #24.

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Digital image: Sarah Mason-Wilson at 1983 Re-enactment of the Landing of the Country Harbour Loyalists; 2021_029_Ser4_1__01

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