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Churches of the French Shore (1) by Jann Ashworth

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The French Shore is a local designation for a stretch of the coastline of Nova Scotia, Canada, along the southern end of the province and running approximately from Pubnico through Yarmouth and up to Digby.
Back in the 1700’s, the original French settlers of Nova Scotia (the Acadians) were largely expelled by force because of the incessant wars between France and England. The English military decided they were a menace and could not be trusted to remain peaceful, hence they were sent away as far as Louisiana. Many of them only went as far as Massachusetts and the New England area and eventually (around 1767) some of them returned and settled along this coast. One of the first small group of families settled around Rocco Point and formed the first parish of Sainte Anne du Ruisseau. Being devouted Catholics, their first small chapel was built in 1784. In 1808 a larger one was built, which was destroyed by fire in 1900.The present church was built in one year, with the first Mass being celebrated that Christmas Eve.
Built in the shape of a cross, it features hand painted vaulted ceilings and original oil paintings.
Each steeple has a bell. In 1945, the one on the right rang for eight hours to celebrate the end of the war in Europe. The ringing fractured the bell, which was not repaired until 2001, and is now rung only on special occasions.
As the Acadians returned and slowly populated the area, a series of small villages grew up, each with it’s own church, designed and built by this dedicated group of farmers,fishermen, craftsmen and artists to whom their church was the heartbeat of their community and remains so today.

July ,2010
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*Featured in Historic PlacesFeatured in Christian Churches, Statues and Crosses*


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  • deb cole
    deb coleabout 4 years ago

    Excellent documentation, Jan! Very nicely done!!

  • Many thanks Deb, so glad you enjoyed the read! There’s a series of churches and I hope to post a few more.

    – Jann Ashworth

  • Paul Gibbons
    Paul Gibbonsabout 4 years ago

    Excellent work, love the information, very well done.

  • Hi Paul, very many thanks and glad you liked the pic and the info as well:)

    – Jann Ashworth

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful, Jann! Great write-up, too. Most interesting read.

  • Much appreciated Mike, I was thinking of you when I wrote it, knowing you like the history behind the images! It’s a wonderfully historic part of Nova Scotia.

    – Jann Ashworth

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyabout 4 years ago

    Thanks! Weather permitting, I hope to get out this weekend and get some shots of the wee (and not so wee) rural churches and buildings in the area. Found and have been told about quite a few new treasures. And one I pass every time I head up to Ottawa – keep forgetting the history around it because I see it so often!

  • icesrun
    icesrunabout 4 years ago

    Such awonderful and beautiful place, I love all the pictures you have taken!!!

  • Thank you so much for your kind words of encouragement, I’m glad you like them!

    – Jann Ashworth

  • Yhun Suarez
    Yhun Suarezabout 4 years ago

    beautiful shot & symmetry! :)

  • Many thanks indeed, you’re very kind!

    – Jann Ashworth

  • DonnaMoore
    DonnaMooreabout 4 years ago

  • What a nice surprise when I fire up the!! Thanks so much for your kindness!

    – Jann Ashworth

  • Yhun Suarez
    Yhun Suarezalmost 4 years ago

    Features 31st August 2010

    As my comment above, I love the symmetry and framing of this image showing the beauty of this church. Well done! :)

  • Thanks again,I am very appreciative and honoured by the Feature!

    – Jann Ashworth

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimagealmost 4 years ago

    congratulations for your feature in the Christian Churches, Statues and Crosses group !!!
    my best, francis.

  • Hi Francis, thanks so much for your kind comment! It’s an honour to be featured!

    – Jann Ashworth

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