In May 2011, after four years of life on McNutt's Island, we moved to Montreal. This blog remains, though, as a (sort of) daily record of our time on the island, and a winding path for anyone who would like to meander about among its magical places. For additional perspectives and insights I recommend Greg's book, Island Year: Finding Nova Scotia (2010), and my Bowl of Light (2012). I'll continue to post once in a while. If you do want to read this blog, one option would be to begin at the beginning of it (which is, as we all know, in blog-world, at the end), and read forward, concluding with the most recent entry. It's a journal, really, so it does makes more sense if you read it that way. But, you know, read it any way you like.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

McNutt's geography: Church Map of 1882

The 1882 Church Directory Map shows the shape of the island's community then. Three Perry households are clustered on the northern part of the western shore.  Along the same side of the island, closer to the lighthouse, are shown six more households, of Rapps and Perrys and Doanes.  

The outlines of all of these households can still be seen.  If you poke around you will find their stone foundations, wells, apple trees and stone walls -- the remnants of island life from another time.  

The place identified as belonging to W. Perry, in the cluster at the top of the map, is where we live. It's the only one of these nine houses that remains. 
Church Directory Map courtesy of NSARM

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