Yarmouth, N.S. Pewter Ornaments

The Old Grand Hotel

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

When it opened on the 2nd of July, 1894 the old Grand Hotel was described as the finest hotel in the Maritime Provinces. Located on the corner of Main and Grand Streets, it was a three storey brick building with a mansard roof and electric lighting. The building was constructed by Rhodes, Curry & Co. of Amherst.

George W. Kenny, the manager from 1921 – 1966, had many improvements made: private baths, a larger drawing room, telephones in each room and a large sunroom. During his management the fire in the fireplace of the main lobby was never allowed to go out and was kept burning day and night, Winter and Summer.

It was believed the writer Meredith Wilson wrote the well-known Christmas carol “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” while staying there.

Radio Station CJLS operated from the top floor of the Grand for its first three or four years. The Grand was also the headquarters for the International Tuna Cup Match from the 1930’s to the mid 1970’s.

The old Grand closed its doors on September 30,1966 and was dismantled and replaced with the current Grand Hotel. Many of the artifacts from the auction can be found in homes throughout the County and several houses were built using the bricks.

The old Grand Hotel was a Yarmouth, N.S. Landmark that is remembered fondly by many of its citizens and visitors.

 

Price: 15.95

The Runic Stone – 2013 Yarmouth Landmark Ornament

Fact or fiction, since its discovery in 1812 the Yarmouth Runic Stone has always been a curiosity and a subject of scholastic debate.  The 400 pound stone with 13 characters incised on its flat face was found by Dr. Richard Fletcher on his land near the Chegoggin Flats on the western side of Yarmouth Harbour. Are the marks natural or man-made? Experts disagree. A popular theory has been that they were Norse. Two translations exist: “Hako spoke to his men.” (1875) and “Leif to Eric raises (this monument)” (1934). These have lead to speculation that Leif Eriksson came as far south as Nova Scotia on his North American voyage c. 1000 AD, but various reputable scholars have denied Norse origins. It has been ascertained that the stone is local. Dr. Fletcher’s own family speculated he contrived it as a practical joke.

In the early 20th century  the stone was sent to Norway for exhibition, from there to England for authentication and finally returned home to Yarmouth. It has been the subject of numerous books and papers. In the 1960’s it was granted to the Yarmouth County Historical Society. Today it is on display at the Yarmouth County Museum at 22 Collins Street where visitors are welcome to examine it for themselves.

Price: 15.95

Villa Saint Joseph-du-Lac (Lakeside Inn)

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.

The present Villa Saint-Joseph-du-Lac at the head of Lake Milo in Dayton, Yarmouth Co., N.S. was originally a posh railroad hotel. Built in 1930-31 by the Canadian Pacific Railroad Company, Lakeside Inn continued in operation until 1960. The Inn had a five star rating and was as popular locally as it was for American visitors. Its many interesting and grand architectural features are similar to those found in other railroad hotels of the era. It is built of concrete and stone with stucco finish in the French Eclectic style and has a deep verandah across the front of the main section.

In 1960 it was bought by Les Religieuses Hospitalieres de Saint-Joseph and is operated as a long term care home under the name of Villa St. Joseph-du-Lac. It is a provincially funded, not-for-profit facility with 79 beds. “The Villa” is accredited and welcomes residents from all walks of life.

Price: 15.95

Yarmouth County Academy

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

Originally built in 1869 as the home of  Captain John Killam Ryerson at a cost of$35,000, this building was considered at the time to be one of the grandest homes in the province. In Second Empire style the building featured frescoed ceilings executed by German craftsmen, fireplaces of Italian marble, paneled wainscoting and a broad, handsome stairway curving up three stories to a cupola. Captain Ryerson served as Yarmouth’s elected representative to the first local Assembly formed after Confederation. He died in 1890.

In 1898 the home was purchased by the School commissioners for $8,000.00 and it became the Yarmouth County Academy. In 1899 the school opened with classrooms occupied by High School and Primary classes. Classes in Manual Training and Domestic Science and a Commercial Department were added over theyears. As enrollment increased in High School (grades 9 to 12), Primary classes were moved out. On February 20, 1949 the building was completely destroyed by fire. At the time approximately 330 pupils were enrolled.

The present Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School, another in our series of Yarmouth, N.S. Landmarks, was built on the site and opened the following year.

Price: 15.95

Yarmouth County Museum

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

The Yarmouth County Museum at 22 Collins Street was built in 1892-93 of Shelburne County granite with Milford Simms & Son and E.B. Churchill & Burton as general contractors. The building was originally constructed as the Tabernacle Congregational Church. In 1925 the congregation joined the United Church of Canada and the building was later known as Central United Church. In 1967 it joined with Wesley United Church in its new location on Beacon Street. The Yarmouth County Historical Society which had been in operation since 1935 purchased the building and opened the doors of the new Yarmouth County Museum on June 9, 1969.

This substantial building provides a handsome setting for the Museum’s outstanding collections. This award winning museum is a “Yarmouth, N.S. Landmark”.

Price: 15.95

Yarmouth High School

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.

The Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial HighSchool was officially opened on August 15,1950 by The Honorable Angus L. MacDonald,Premier of Nova Scotia. The corner stonenames Eric H. Spinney as Chairman of theSchool Board, Leslie R. Fairn as the architect,and Kenney construction as the builders. Thefirst principal was R.H. Murray; the vice-principal was John Robbins.

The red brick building sits atop “EducationHill” near the site of the Yarmouth Academywhich had burned down on February 20, 1949.The new school with a Georgian style façadewas built in a H shape. It boasted one of thelargest gym-auditoriums of its time in NovaScotia, 13 classrooms, 3 laboratories, a library,Home Economics room, wood working shops, and a cafeteria.

In 1987 a twelve room addition with labs was built.

Having served as the high school for bothYarmouth Town and County and the venue formany concerts and public meetings for a halfcentury, the Y.C.M.H.S. is a well known “Yarmouth, N. S. Landmark”.

Price: 15.95

Yarmouth Light

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

The present Yarmouth Light at Cape Forchu overlooking the entrance to Yarmouth Harbour was built in 1962 replacing the first light built in 1840. The keeper’s house was constructed in 1912 replacing an earlier home. The era of the lighthouse keeper came to an end at Cape Forchu in 1994, and the house now serves as a pictorial museum/information centre run by the Friends of the Light Society. The Yarmouth Light has a long history as a welcome beacon to mariners and it continues as a favorite spot for Yarmouthians and visitors alike. It is a “Yarmouth, N.S. Landmark”.

Price: 15.95

Yarmouth Town Hall

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

The bronze plaque on the front of the building reads as follows:

Yarmouth Town Hall
Dedicated June 9, 1993
Mayor – Charles Crosby, C.D.
Council
Deputy Mayor – S. Clifford Hood, Q.C.
Esther Dares    Victor Eldridge, C.D.
Gary Leach    James Stockman
Kenneth Wheelens
Town Clerk / Treasurer – Raymond E. Gallant
Solicitor – Gregory M. Warner
Contractor – Delmar Construction Limited
Architect – Anwyll Fogo Architects

The clock faces in the tower are from the old Post Office on the corner of  Main and John Streets where CIBC now stands.

 

Price: 15.95

Zion United Baptist Church

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

Zion United Baptist Church, originally called the First Baptist Church, was built to replace the church on Main Street located near where the Cenotaph now stands. On July 18, 1895 the cornerstone was laid and on June 17, 1896 the church was dedicated. The pastor was Rev. J. H. Foshay.

The church was built by James E. Huestis of Yarmouth in “Modern Composite” style. Over the years the large rose windows and the stained glass windows were donated by parishioners as memorials to loved ones.

From 1906 on when the Baptists and Free Baptists united, the church was known as Zion United Baptist Church.

It was this congregation which in the nineteenth century helped establish several Baptist churches in Yarmouth Town and County, thus Zion United Baptist Church is regarded as the mother church of the area. In 1997 the congregation celebrated its 200th anniversary.

Price: 15.95