The day after Sydney our ship, the MS Maasdam, landed in Halifax. But we weren’t there for long. We had places to go and things to see. So, we loaded onto a bus filled with other Maasdam voyagers and headed out into the countryside. About 55 miles/90 kilometers west of Halifax is a quaint seaside village with a lot of Victorian architectural charm, enough charm to earn it UNESCO World Heritage status almost twenty years ago. Yes, we were in Lunenburg.
There is much to see and to photograph in this throwback to the 19th Century — not least of which was the first sight to great us up on Gallows Hill. That would be the almost fantastical three-story, eclectic Victorian, wood-clad Lunenburg Academy, which on this particular day revealed itself inside an obscuring mist.
The Lunenburg Academy was the village school for well over 100 years, only recently being retired because of fire safety concerns. The school is far from forgotten, however. The Lunenburg Academy Foundation has done a magnificent job of restoring the old school, and the work continues.
Next to the Lunenburg Academy was a rather spooky cemetery sharing Gallows Hill. Under sunnier conditions it might not have been so . . . atmospheric, but the light fog certainly seemed appropriate on this visit.
As for the main town area, this was a feast for those who admire Victorian architecture to say the least. Everywhere we turned there was yet another prime example.
Don’t get the impression that Victorian is the only style here. This town dates back to 1753 — well before the Victorian era — and many of the buildings reflect this pre-Victorian period as well.
There are also some pretty impressive churches in Lunenburg. This one is the Zion’s Lutheran Church:
But the real gem would have to be the Saint John’s Anglican Church. That will be the subject of Wednesday’s feature. Meanwhile, enjoy some more shots of Lunenburg by clicking on the gallery below:
- Maritime provinces: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maritimes
- Nova Scotia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nova_Scotia
- Halifax: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halifax,_Nova_Scotia
- Lunenburg: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lunenburg,_Nova_Scotia
- Lunenburg Academy: http://www.explorelunenburg.ca/lunenburg-academy.html
- Lunenburg Academy Foundation: http://www.lunenburgacademyfoundation.com/