Summer Along The Shore….each year, from June to September, residents of the area, along with those “from away” who return home….join together to celebrate family and friends and the rich heritage of their communities. This year is no different….and Bass River recently celebrated Heritage Days at the museum grounds.
The community itself takes its name from the river that runs through it….the source being the Cobequid Hills and emptying into the Cobequid Bay. The first settlers were Judge James Fulton and his brother Samuel, and the homes they built are still standing on opposite sides of the river. Many descendents of these two settlers continue to live, either as full time residents or “cottagers” in Bass River.
The population doubles with the arrival of the seasonal residents and families spending vacation time with relatives and friends.
Bass River, like many early communities, was built around a single industry….that being forestry and the manufacturing of furniture, most notably chairs at the Dominion Chair Factory. But the spin-off economic activity included the export of timber, shipping and ship building at Saints Rest, logging and harvesting of the surrounding wood lands. These forest products were known world-wide for their quality, and in fact, the staging lumber used in the construction of the Empire State Building was cut, finished and shipped from Bass River.
Another product that was well known and shipped to many locations included school desks, both student and teacher. Some people remember classrooms filled with Dominion Chair furniture and those desks may even have some initials carved in the wood as students declared ownership of their desks. With the passage of time these wooden desks have been replaced and any that remain are souvenirs and reminders of school days of the past.
It is with great pride that folks attended and enjoyed the Heritage Days Events. My sincere thanks to the organizers and all volunteers who made the day successful.
Karen Casey, MLA