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Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
July 6, 2010
From journal Long Weekend Break in the Annapolis Valley
by Re Carroll
Abbotsford, British Columbia
June 20, 2002
Inside, one of the first and popular exhibits is the Fort Anne Heritage Tapestry, a large needlework that depicts 400 years of life in Annapolis.
The tapestry measures 8 feet by 18 feet and consists of 4 separate panels, each detailing 100 years of history. It took more than 100 volunteers four years to complete.
The first panel starts in 1605 when the French arrived. The second panel depicts life under British rule, and the third deals with the Victorian era and includes a rendition of Queen Victoria, complete with a miniature pearl necklace. Britain’s current Queen Elizabeth actually visited Annapolis and completed a few stitches on this part of the tapestry. The fourth panel details modern life in the area. Throughout the tapestry, significant events are recounted, including the constant fighting between French and British, the deportation of the French speaking Acadians, and the creation of the Historic Gardens.
Other displays at the Museum include a video, explaining how and why the Fort was constructed, and a model blockhouse. Artifacts are on display from 1750 to 1800 when the British occupied the Fort, and there is a copy of the 1621 Charter
recognizing Nova Scotia. The displays are well-signed and the guide is always willing to provide more information, especially about the Tapestry.
Outside, the grounds are well-maintained, with walking paths along grassy hills that look out over the Annapolis River. There are remains of a powder magazine from 1702, and an even older "Black Hole" that was used as a stockade.
The Fort is open 7 days a week. There is no charge to wander the grounds, but the Museum charges $2.75 admission per adult. The museum is open May 15-October 15. Unfortunately, indoor flash photography is not allowed so I couldn’t get any pictures of the tapestry; they do sell postcards of it though.
From journal Historic Annapolis Royal