Argyle Township Court House & Gaol

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Each pewter ornament (2 3/8" dia.) is dated and identified on the reverse and comes with a card giving a brief history of the landmark.

Argyle Township & Gaol, located in the centre of the village of Tusket, Nova Scotia, is Canada’s oldest standing courthouse. The first court session was held here in October 1805. The most famous trial to take place in this courthouse was the murder trial of Omar P. Roberts in 1922. He was the last man to be hanged in Yarmouth County, for the murder of his housekeeper, Flora Gray. This building continued to be used as a courthouse and the Municipal Office for the Municipality of Argyle until 1976. The building was rescued from dereliction and potential demolition by three private citizens in 1982. A restored courthouse was reopened in 1983 as a museum, historic site and archives. Since that time the building has been cared for by its owners, the Municipality of Argyle, and an active Historical Society dedicated to the preservation of this important landmark.

Price: $14.95