Looking Forward

The Scott Manor House will be getting a much needed new roof this fall, under the direction of HRM.

    Please keep an eye on our roadside sign and our website scottmanor.ca for upcoming fall and winter programming.

    Our annual graveyard walk will take place in September.

    Other possible programming includes:

-The Geology of Bedford
-Treasures and Curiosities of Scott Manor House
-Lew Turner’s Photography
-The 100th Anniversary of the Halifax Explosion

         We are always looking for new ideas for programming. If you have suggestions, please forward them to scott.manor@ns.sympatico.ca or call Jean McLeod at 902-835-8076. 

The year 2017 marks the anniversary of two memorable events in Canadian history.  150 years ago, in 1867, Canada became a confederated state.  And in 1917, Halifax and area experienced an explosion like none other until the atomic bomb. Bedford and Scott Manor House was part of, and experienced, both of these significant events.

It is anticipated that federal, provincial and municipal governments will mark these occasions in many ways.  But, we here at Scott Manor House, feel that we have our own story to tell.  If you have memorabilia – pictures, diaries, stories -  that relate to either of these events, we would be pleased to borrow them for a truly “Bedford Story”.  Please contact June Boswell at 902- 835-4505 or june.boswell@eastlink.ca to discuss your treasured keep-sakes or ideas for an exhibition during the summer of 2017

Tea Room Thanks

Another busy summer season in our Tea Room has come to an end.

The Fort Sackville
Foundation heartily thanks Barbara Macey and Penny St. Amand for being the overall coordinators.

Special thanks also go to the following weekly coordinators:

Barbara Macey

Jeanette MacLean and
Sheila Broussard

Elaine Loney
Grandmothers for Africa
Cherie Winters and family

Ann MacVicar

Penny St. Amand – CWL
Bedford United UCW

Gail Dean and Margaret Galbraith – Girl Guides

 Marilyn Sangster and
Diane Nickerson
Anglican Church Women of All Saints

Thank you to the 114 people who took time to serve tea to over 1000
guests at the Scott Manor

A Note of Appreciation

New  volunteers are always  welcome. You might be interested in      gardening, painting, or

providing cookies for evening events. 

Just for Fun

It’s August the third on a lovely day. After so many hot and humid ones in July, I am enjoying my coffee sitting outside MacDonald’s.  I have stopped for my noon day coffee and a small hamburger.  And yet, as I sit here enjoying 70 degrees Fahrenheit (no Celsius for me!) and a cool breeze, I wonder how others who have travelled these streets so many years ago got a noon day meal.  Did the Irish masons who built the first railway bridge over the Sackville River, return to the Ten Mile House for a dish of stew or soup?  Or did they have a lunch kettle with perhaps a slab of bread, cheese or perhaps molasses with a bottle of ale or water?

Did the soldiers who trained at the Rifle Range receive their noon rations at the camp mess site after a march past the old Fort Sackville and Sackville River?

And I wonder about the Acadians who would have trekked along the Pizaquid Road just behind me.  Would they have used some of the provisions intended for Fort Louisburg, or would they have been fortunate enough to share a salmon dinner with the aboriginals who would have portaged down to the mouth of the river to harvest the salmon run?

Somehow, I doubt if any of their meals would have been the same as those my Grandfather Nichols would have carried for his day on the hand-powered trolley car as he maintained the rail lines between Berwick and Kentville.  More often than not, he had a slab of home-made bread (covered with molasses, if he were lucky) and a raw egg. I suspect he had a bottle of water, and seldom tea.

Grandfather Taylor usually was called to lunch (dinner to that family) at noon – sharp- to share a meal that had simmered on the back of the wood-fired stove all morning while my Grandmother would have baked, ironed and washed.  Should the men be farming too far from the kitchen, they would have carried a bucket and water, not unlike Grampy Nichols. As for my Dad, who worked long hours on the trains running between Yarmouth and Halifax, he would have eaten from his lunch box, packed one to two days before when he left Kentville.  He, at least, would have been able to heat water for tea on the little coal burning stove in the caboose. And what were my lunches like in those days?  I quickly outgrew my little tin lunch box, preferring to think a Moirs’ chocolate box was more chic.  Into that little one pound box, my mother would carefully pack a sandwich, usually egg,

Scott Manor News.

A  Little Bit of History
Fort Sackville

Fort Sackville was built in the fall of 1749, between the Sackville River and the old Acadian Trail, with the purpose of helping to protect the new British settlement of Halifax. Though the fort continued to be garrisoned until 1906, it never had the importance of other British fortifications such as Fort Edward in present day Windsor or Fort Lawrence in Cumberland

County. By the early 1800's Fort Sackville was really no more than an outpost. When the government gave the Intercolonial Railway some of the fort property in 1857 the ordinance grounds were significantly changed, putting the barracks on one side and the guard house on the other side of the tracks. In 1906 Fort Sackville was declared surplus and His Majesty's Principal

Secretary of State for the War Department conveyed the old Fort Sackville Property to Gerald B. Ternan. The last fort building, a barrack, burned in 1912.

The story of Fort Sackville can be read on information panels found on the original site. It is an interesting          story    that shouldn't be forgotten.

although sliced cooked liver with mustard was a treat; a little bottle of preserved fruit and a cookie or square. Since I walked to school from age 5 to 18, I knew no other kind of lunch.So today, was a picnic            on        the       Bedford Highway.       Although        I seemed to be alone, I really had many guests at my table.

June Boswell
August 3, 2016

Short Notes

  • Please Remember: all dogs must be on leash and under control on both the Scott Manor House and Fort Sackville property.
  • There are now two accessible parking spaces next to the walkway at Scott Manor. Thanks to the HRM for providing the signage.
  • The ordinance marker on our property now has permanent signage. ‘Signs on the Go’ produced the sign.​            We thank Councilor Tim Outhit for his support of this project.

Glimpses of Summer at Scott Manor.

What is your favourite flower found in the Scott Manor House gardens?

What is your favourite artifact found at Scott Manor?

Short Notes

 Our Fort Sackville Foundation volunteer of 2014, Heather Kelly, has been cited in the Nova Scotia Legislature. She was recognized by MLA Kelly Regan. Heather has been recognized as the Nova Scotia Volunteer of the Year for 2015.

Vice Chair: Valerie Ivy

Secretary: Carolyn Crowell

Treasurer: Ted Sceles


Archives: Warren Ervine 

House: Dave Selig 

Grounds: Patrick Branton 

Program: Marie Corkum

Research: Ann Mac Vicar

 Tearoom: Barb Macey

 Technology: Ken Dodsworth

 Curator: Francene Cosman

Communications: Sandra


 June Boswell

Elaine Loney

Lew Turner 

Summer programming has come to an end at Scott Manor House. A variety of styles of music, visual arts and handicrafts has been available for our guests to enjoy. Thank you to Marie  Corkum for the time and energy she puts into making the summer at Scott Manor a success.]

August 2016


We apologize for the misspelling of Veronica Parker’s last name in the June Scott Manor News.

What is your favourite experience from this summer?

The Raspberries were plentiful and delicious this summer. They were enjoyed by many in the tea room. Thank you to Roslyn Duffus for caring for our raspberry plants

Rouge et Blanc

The Fort Sackville
Foundation was pleased to support Bedford Days'
Rouge et Blanc event at
Sunnyside Mall on July
2nd. More than 70 guests stopped at our display, that focused on Bedford painters and
photographers. Seventythree people entered the
draw to win a Tea for Two
gift certificate. The lucky winner was Sabrina
Giddings. Our summer staff, dressed in costume,welcomed attendees at the door.


June Boswell 

Marie Corkum

Ken Dodsworth 

Graeme Duffus 

Warren Ervine

Brenton Haliburton

Diana Haydon

Valerie Ivy

Michael Kennedy

Jean MacLeod

Ann MacVicar

Debbie Miller

Elizabeth Pacey

Debbie Pryde

Cherie (Tolson) Winters


Past Chair: Ann MacVicar

​Chair: Jean MacLeod


Staff Reflections

As our 2016  summer season came to a close, we caught up with our students to ask them a few questions about their summer.


​​Carrie: The Singer sewing machines, and the costumes of Colonel and Mrs. Scott.
 - Emily: The apple peeler, and the 1800s bathtub.
 - Dexter: The Bedford room council table.

​- Carrie:The cream-coloured daylilies.
 - Emily: The pink peonies.
 - Dexter: The white gooseneck flowers.


- Carrie: Picking raspberries for the tea room.

 - Emily: Having children visit the house.

- Dexter: Enjoying the music, especially the Jazz band..

​​Summer at Scott Manor by the Numbers

Busiest Day in the Tea
Room: 51 on July 1st

 Busiest Week in the Tea
Room: 131 from July 31st –
August 6th

Pokemon Go Visits: 16

Instagram Followers: 37  


Most 'Likes' on  an
Instragram Post: 12  
(Seaglass picture)

Number of Visitors: 1024  

Number of Tours: 556
Farthest Away a Visitor has
come: Tasmania, Australia

Website Visits per Month: – 2456 (May)
3076 (June)
3672 (July)
4064 (August) 

Total Website Visits to
Date: 14299