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    • Letter of Appreciation

    • Letter of Appreciation
    • Letter of appreciation to the Pictou Historical Photograph Society from the Town of Pictou for arranging the "Mysteries and Folklore" Exhibit.
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    • William Villers Mansel Grave

    • William Villers Mansel Grave
    • William A.H. Villers Mansel, known as the Prince of Pictou, died January 3, 1811 at the age of 33. The well dressed illegitimate son of King George IV sepent the last years of his life carousing in the taverns on Creighton Street. He is buried in...
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    • Lady in White

    • Lady in White
    • The Lady in White has been seen on Pictou Island often. Alfred MacLean watched her late at night going toward the church with fog swirling around her feet. Stories tell of her appearing on the Beeches Road and in the Caribou area.
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    • Bellows Island

    • Bellows Island
    • In the week hours of the morning in the 1800s lanterns were seen coming from an anchored ship near Caribou Island. Next morning witnesses founf a freshly dug area on Bellows Island. Afraid that it was the grave of a smallpox victim they did not...
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    • Bobbie Sutherland

    • Bobbie Sutherland
    • In his book, Life and Adventures of Dectective Peter Owen Carroll, "Peachie" talks about eccentric people of the 1860s and 1870s. He says Bobbie Sutherland lived as a recluse in a log cabin about three miles from Pictou down the Beeches Road, on...
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    • Pictou Wharf

    • Pictou Wharf
    • In the fall of 1910 the body of a baby boy was found floating in seaweed under English's dock located in the Pictou waterfront area. He was never claimed or identified.
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    • Sunset

    • Sunset
    • Residents of Caribou Island held the idea a French Frigate, on its way to Quebec late in 1757, buried a large load of gold. A ghostly tale was told of French sailors moving around the beach at night.
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    • Courthouse

    • Courthouse
    • Neil McFadgen was found guilty of first degree murder in this Pictou County Courthouse. The head of his victim, James Kier of Blue Mountain, was introduced as evidence. McFadgen sat on his rough box in the back of the wagon that took him to his...
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    • Pictou Harbour

    • Pictou Harbour
    • On August 3, 1803 the "Favorite" sailed into Pictou Harbour with 501 passengers. When all passengers and cargo were removed the ship immediately sank. Roland H. Sherwood states in his book, Atlantic Harbors, witchcraft was blamed for the event.
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    • Fullartons

    • Fullartons
    • A Halifax press gang sneaked into Pictou Harbour to press a group of young men into unwilling service. When the Pictou women alerted them the ensuing fight left nine Halifax crewmen dead. They were buried along the nearby shore close to where...
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    • Mill Dam

    • Mill Dam
    • On July 10, 1860 Halibuton Cemetery came into being. One of its rules stated that no person could be buried there who was executed for any crime. Lots on the mill dam were five pounds and on the opposite side they were 30-50 shillings.
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    • Convalescent Home

    • Convalescent Home
    • In the Braeshore area about one hundred yards away from the Lazaretto hospital this convalescent home was built for sailors who survived the dreaded smallpox disease.
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    • House Patterson Street

    • House Patterson Street
    • Doug and Sylvia Hayward have experienced ghostly acts in the this Patterson Street house once owned by Hazel MacDonald. Having heard footsteps on the front steps with no oone there, blinds in her bedroom going up and down by themselves, and strange...
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    • Cells Town Hall

    • Cells Town Hall
    • This set of cells were referred to as the "Women's Cells". There were three of them in a row, six feet high, three feet wide and each had a three foot wooden bunk. The cells were located beneath the Town Hall on Church Street before it burned.
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    • Harbour

    • Harbour
    • Maggie Henderson became the bride of Johnnie "Quick" MacDonald at the age of seventeen. Six weeks later she lost him to the sea but for years went to the wharf waiting for him daily. Forty years to the day her husband went off on hos endless...
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    • Lazeretto Hospital

    • Lazeretto Hospital
    • On April 10, 1848 Halifax authorities requested measures be taken for erection of a Lazaretto hospital for the relief of sick and destitute immigrants and seamen. This building is still in splendid condition and is used as a summer home in Seacrest.
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    • Norway House

    • Norway House
    • On the location of Norway House, built by Edward Mortimer, claims were made that lights and sounds came from an old wooden building falling into decay. When the building was torn down these trange happenings ceased.
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    • Harbour at night

    • Harbour at night
    • As early as 1800 sightings of the Phantom Ship were reported to be seen in the Northumberland Strait. Witnesses from Brule Point, Pictou Island, River John, Caribou, and Pictou claim to have seen the three masted schooner on fire with no one on...
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    • Lowden Home

    • Lowden Home
    • David Lowden built this home in 1803. His father, Capt. William Lowden, lost his ship, the Molly, through piracy in Pictou Harbour. The outbreak of the American Revolutionary War in 1776 created strong divisions between the Betsy settlers from...
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    • Old Theatre

    • Old Theatre
    • Believers say that strange happenings occurred on the top floor of this old theatre on Water Street. The story is told that the little daighter of the projectionist fell to her death from the platform where he worked. Employees in the past swear...
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