Saturday, 14 January 2012

Best Western, Liverpool, Nova Scotia

 Who would've thought that Liverpool would ever have a large Best Western Hotel? I'm in the group of people who never would've believed it. A few years back, the Sapp house, the former Astoria Beverages building and the Liverpool Dairy treat were all demolished and all the land behind those buildings, was cleared to make way for the new hotel, the new Rec center and hopefully more. The hotel is in a great location making it visible on the 103 Highway and with the land being cleared, Liverpool can be seen from the 103 as well. Passers by, who are tired and need a place to stay for the night can quickly drive off the highway and get to the Best Western in minutes. I have to admit, I've never been inside the Best Western but the outside of the building looks very attractive and I've heard inside is even better. The staff is both very helpful and knowledgeable, the rooms both comfortable and beautiful. The lounge is apparently really nice, too. Weddings have been held here, Christmas parties as well as many other functions. Now that Queens Place is open, I'm sure business at the Best Western will increase even more. That area is changing and in a good way. None of us could've predicted that Best Western would ever choose Liverpool as a site for a hotel and now we can wait for even more businesses to be constructed on the property.

Building the new Liverpool Best Western

Liverpool Best Western

Friday, 13 January 2012

New Liverpool Legion Branch #38

Building the new Liverpool Legion
For many years the Mersey Branch #38 of the Royal Canadian Legion was on the Liverpool Waterfront. The first building had been located on Inness's Wharf. That building was demolished and a new building was built around the same location. That building was used as the Legion from the 1960's until just a few years ago. The present Legion was built along side of what was the Metropolitan Store (Now Bargain Shop). The new Legion is much smaller than the previous building but is certainly manageable for the Legion members. The previous building was in need of expensive repairs and the cost was too much to handle. Darts, pool, flea markets, bingo, Legion and Ladies Auxiliary meetings, dances and more are held here. I will go in detail on another post of the first 2 Legion buildings. The present Legion is located at 43 Henry Henry Drive and can be seen quite easily when driving through the Liverpool Parking Lot because of it's bright blue and yellow color.


The finished product!

Liverpool Curling Club Property, Gorham Street, Liverpool, N.S.

I've always been curious about what was in a certain place before the present building was built there. For example, the Liverpool Curling Club. It's been there since the 1930s and for most of us, that's longer than we've been alive. What was there before the curling club was constructed?
Liverpool Congregational Church
Located on that property, basically where the parking area is, was the Liverpool Congregational Church. It was a large church and from photos that I have, in my opinion, probably the nicest looking church in town. The minister's home was directly across the street and in the late 1980s or early 1990s it was demolished to make the present parking area behind the Astor Theater. The Congregational Church was operational until the later 1920s when at that time, the Congregationalists and the Methodists united to form the United Church of Canada. The Methodist Church in Liverpool was on Main Street (now Zion United) and since the 2 congregations united to form 1, only 1 church was needed so the Methodist Church was the chosen building. Rev. George Ball was the last minister of the Congregational Church. He had suffered the loss of his only son who died from appendicitis when he was about 16 and then lost his church due to the union with the Methodists. The stress took it's toll of Rev Ball and it was said that he committed suicide in the Minister's residence across the street. The Congregational Church stopped being used as a church and I believe was used as a hall for a time and I believe someone said used as a place where auto repairs were done. (I forget who told me that, maybe someone can confirm it). When the Curling Club was built, the church was demolished. I've always thought the 2 cement steps that you can walk on from the sidewalk to the curling club parking lot were probably the steps that took you to the front door of the church. The cemetery for the Congregational Church is located on College Street on the right hand side, now known as the United East Cemetery. Rev. George Ball, his son and the rest of the Ball family are all buried in this cemetery.

Frederickville School in Milton, N.S.

I don't know any of the history of the Frederickville School but have a few photos of it. A few people have asked me to put one on my blog. If anyone knows any history of the school please comment. I believe the building still exists and is a house owned by Clarence "Ham" Waltherr. It is located past the second bridge, perhaps some of the readers might know exactly where this school was.

Anyone recognize this Liverpool house?

Anyone recognize this Liverpool house?

Anyone recognize this Liverpool house?

Anyone recognize this Liverpool house?

Anyone recognize this Liverpool house?

Anyone recognize this Liverpool house?

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Liverpool Tourist Information Centers

Liverpool Tourist Information Center in the 1970s
I believe someone had told me that back some years ago, if tourists came to Liverpool and needed directions or information they went to the Perkins house. When I was a kid, living near the parking lot there was a small building used as a Tourist Bureau. It was about the size of someone's livingroom but served it's purpose and was located near the location of the present building. After it was demolished a newer, more modern building was constructed on the same location, parking areas made, beautiful rock walls were eventually added. Once again this building served it's purpose, helping and guiding thousands of visitors to our area over the years. About 2 years ago that building was sold (to Jeff Delaney I believe) and moved to White Point Road. A larger, expensive building was built to house the new Liverpool VIC...(Visitor Information Center). This building was built a little higher to avoid flooding, which as we all know, happens often in the Liverpool Parking lot. The new VIC is beautiful and a nice addition to a somewhat bare waterfront. I've been to many VICs in many towns and our new building is as nice, if not nicer, than any I've been to over my years of travelling. I dropped in one day to check it out and I was not disappointed!

Building the present Liverpool Visitor Information Center
The second Liverpool Tourist Information Center