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Heritage Trust to Host Presentation about Truro’s Victoria Park on Sept 17th

09/15/2015

Exploring a Victorian Pleasure Ground in Truro (September 10, 2015, Halifax, Nova Scotia) Heritage Trust of Nova  Scotia is hosting a presentation on Thursday, September 17th about  Truro’s Victoria Park – established in 1887 as a Victorian Pleasure  Ground that highlighted the natural wonders of the Lepper Brook Gorge.   Joe Ballard, President of Heritage Trust, and senior interpreter  with the cultural resource firm, Vineberg & Fulton Ltd., will speak  about his recent cultural resource survey of Victoria Park.  All are  welcome!

Heritage Trust’s special presentation on a Victorian Pleasure Ground  in Truro will take place in the auditorium at the Nova Scotia Museum  of Natural History, 1747 Summer Street Halifax on Thursday, September  17 at 7:30 pm. Note that due to the Food Truck event in the main  parking lot, those attending the Heritage Trust presentation can park  in the staff parking lot on the north side of the museum. “Victoria Park is what historians like to refer to as a cultural  landscape. While the physical ‘landscape’ (the eastern hemlocks, the  paths and watershed) has been relatively maintained, the ‘cultural’  component has largely been ignored and forgotten,” says Joe Ballard,  President of Heritage Trust.Victoria Park has faced development pressures, changing tastes, and a  loss in the collective memory about its place as a Victorian park.   Once described as a “picturesque panorama of mountain and glen,” the  400 ha Victoria Park was the highlight of visits to Truro by many  travellers over the centuries. Joe Howe visited the park in 1829 and described the 50-foot Truro  Falls (later named Joe Howe Falls) eloquently in the following passage: “Lay thee down upon that rock, my gentle traveller, which the heat  of the noon-day sun has warmed, despite the coolness of the  neighboring waters – and there, with thy senses half lulled to  forgetfulness by the murmurs of the falling stream – thy eyes half  closed – and thy spirit all unconscious of earthly turmoils and care –  give thyself  up to musing, for never was there a more appropriate  spot than the Truro Falls for our old men to see visions, and our  young men to dream dreams.” Victoria Park still features many of the attractions that led to the  establishment of the park in 1887. Jacob’s Ladder, the staircase that  ascends up the side of the gorge, and several of the resting places  along the climb are still popular with visitors. However many of the  other Victorian attractions have disappeared over time. In 2012, the Town of Truro issued a request for proposals for a  comprehensive cultural resource study of Victoria Park.  Mr. Ballard  will discuss findings of this cultural study,  identify the factors  that threatened the historic landscape and reveal what it is that  makes Victoria Park one of Nova Scotia’s most unrealized tourism assets. Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia, founded in 1959, is a non-profit  registered charity whose goal is to conserve buildings and sites of  historic significance, and to promote this important cultural  component of Nova Scotia’s identity. Heritage Trust hosts a series of  lectures which are free and open to the public.For more information, visit: www.htns.ca | Twitter @HTNovaScotia |www.facebook.com/HeritageTrustNovaScotia.

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