Sterling Hotel fonds

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Sterling Hotel fonds

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  • 1901-1906 (Creation)
    Sterling Hotel

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6 cm of textual records

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The Sterling Hotel was founded at Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia in 1832 by William McConnell, a native of Galway, Ireland. It was located on Main Street, facing the river. Following McConnell, the hotel passed through numerous owners: Charles D. McCurdy, Mr. Copp in 1848, Mrs. Talbot, James Blair in 1860, James Morrison, Misses Murdock, Miss Rodd, Archibald MacKenzie, Timothy McLellan, Henry McLellan, Clarence Lockerby, Harold Cassidy, Francis Moss and the final owner was Donnie MacKay. The building was torn down in 1964 by Milo Weatherby. The hotel was a well known stop for merchants, peddlers, entertainers and medicine shows. Often traveling salespeople set up displays of their goods for residents and local merchants to view and even order.

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Fonds consists of three hotel registers, which recorded the guests' name and residence. Occasionally merchants or entertainers would sign their name and some information about their product or show as a form of advertisement in the register. Pages have been torn out of the 1903 register.

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Hotel registers were donated by Barbara Frotten, the daughter of Clarence Lockerby, a former owner.


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Records can be found with the business records collection in the back closet.

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