Prince's Lodge Association collection

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Prince's Lodge Association collection

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Accession 2009-029

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  • 1870-1954 (Creation)
    Prince's Lodge Association

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  • 35 leaves of textual records
  • 1 map

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The Prince's Lodge Association was apparently founded, perhaps as early as the 1870s, to assist with and promote the preservation of the Prince's Lodge property. The Prince's Lodge was built by Edward, Duke of Kent (father of Queen Victoria) while he commanded the British Army at Halifax from 1794 to 1800. The 500 acre property belonged to the Governor of Nova Scotia, Sir John Wentworth, who had called his country estate “Friar Laurence's Cell.” When Prince Edward returned to England, the Wentworth family resumed occupation of Prince's Lodge, but after Sir John's death it was allowed to decay. In 1870 the property was sold at auction for building lots, but few houses were constructed until after the First World War, a development which accelerated after Second World War. The only structure on the estate surviving from Prince Edward's day is the circular music room or rotunda of 1796, which was taken over in 1959 by the Government of Nova Scotia as a provincial historic building. The Prince's Lodge Association ceased to exist when the remaining property was transferred to the Provincial Government in the 1950s.

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Collection consists of correspondence, business records, lot descriptions, a map of the property and deeds relating to the Prince's Lodge property on the Bedford Basin. The contents of the collection document some of the work of the Prince's Lodge Association including the purchase of the property and its subsequent transfer to the Crown.

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Donated by T. Peter Sodero of Walker, Dunlop - Barristers & Solicitors in 1995.


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