Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Visiting the Past

The first place where Europeans landed and survived our harsh winter.
Habitation, or Port Royal to the English is where
Champlain and his band of merry mariners landed.
They survived because the local Mi'kmaq indians befriended them.

They built this fort in 1605 and it survived until the English burnt it down in 1613.
Luckily Champlain recorded everything and so they were able to rebuild it in 1939.
We bring all our visitors here.
It is what I call a living museum where you are allowed to touch
and experience everything.

Some of the windows have been made with animal skins I presume
just as they would have done in the 1600's.
Makes for a dark and cold room inside.

Some windows are just openings that would get boarded up in
the cold.

I think of windows has having a view.
I suppose this little one is no exception....
but all you see is a door or perhaps a portal.


  1. Its no wonder you love the primitive textile techniques, living in an area so rich in history.

    Your pictures are great and really give the feel of the era. I wonder what spirits remain there.

  2. Penny...What a beautiful building. I can't imagine how people managed to get along in dark quarters during a cold cold winter...but if they had never known anything different maybe they could accept and not resist...I'm grateful for transparent windows!

  3. So interesting to see this post. Thank you for sharing this.

  4. Thanks for the tour. I love 'living museums'. When you think of people living in dark, cold rooms it makes me thankful for all that I have.

  5. Did you meet up with any wee ghosties on the tour? Sometimes these places are really quite eerie.

  6. C - So true...our environments influence us.
    S - Transparent and BIG. Those windows were tiny!
    F - You're welcome!
    P - And 40 men lived in that very small place.
    AM - Probably full of both human and animal ghosts!


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