Halifax (N.S.: County). Halifax County Home and Mental Hospital

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Halifax (N.S.: County). Halifax County Home and Mental Hospital

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  • Halifax (NS.: County). Poor Farm
  • Halifax (N.S.: County). Poors' Farm
  • Halifax (N.S.: County). County Home
  • Halifax (N.S.: County). Halifax County Hospital
  • Halifax (N.S.: County). Halifax County Regional Rehabilitation Centre

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1887 - 2002


The first municipal institution built to house the county’s poor and mentally ill was constructed in about 1887 in Cole Harbour. The original institution, known as the Poor (or Poors’) Farm and then as the County Home, was managed onsite by a superintendent and overseen by the Committee on Tenders and Public Property. The working farm was frequently upgraded and expanded until a fire in 1929 closed the facility and forced the relocation of residents to the City Home from April 30, 1929 to Feb. 28, 1931(Chapman 2003, 188). In 1941 a new facility on Cole Harbour’s Bissett Road opened as the Halifax County Home and Mental Hospital which continued to be managed by the Committee on Tenders and Public Property until at least 1945. The facility, which housed individuals from around the province, underwent another name change in 1952 and became the Halifax County Hospital. Towards the end of the 1950s the hospital began to receive financial support from the province and the hospital’s mandate was changed to focus solely on the care of mentally ill patients. As a result, the county opened Ocean View Manor in 1960 to serve as a welfare home for the county’s indigent residents (Chapman 2003, 252). The Cole Harbour facility, later renamed the Halifax County Regional Rehabilitation Centre, continued to operate until its closure in 2002 (Chapman 2003, 255).


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Source: Along the Cole Harbour Road|RAD: 24.18


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Chapman, Harry. 2003. Along the Cole Harbour Road: A Journey Through 1765-2003. Halifax, NS: Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society.

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