Head of Chezzetcook, Nova Scotia

Head Of Chezzetcook, Nova Scotia

Head of Chezzetcook, Nova Scotia

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Head of Chezzetcook is a community on the Eastern Shore Marine Drive route of Halifax Regional Municipality in Nova Scotia. The Head of Chezzetcook area begins at the intersections of routes 7 and 207, near Porters Lake and West Chezzetcook, and continues along the Marine Drive to Gaetz Brook. Head of Chezzetcook is a short commute to Downtown Halifax at 29.52 kilometers; and in its heyday was a major port of call for ships delivering supplies from the city to local gold miners and early settlers. A vista of the sea marks the Head of Chezzetcook Inlet, for which the Chezzetcooks are named; and a fork in the road for both East Chezzetcook and Conrod Settlement.

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Early settlers of French, English, and other descents populated the area. In the late 18th century, Acadian farmers supplied marsh hay to the newly founded Halifax, and lumberjacks supplied wood for building. Past industries included fish processing and a brick factory and today there still remains a saw mill at the Head of Chezzetcook. The area also saw a boom when gold was discovered a few miles away in East Chezzetcook.

Most of the historic buildings are no longer standing however: gas stations, the local post office, the church hall, and many little general stores have long since disappeared. On July 1, 1916 the railway officially opened, it passed through the Head of Chezzetcook Inlet, connected Dartmouth to Musquodoboit, and carried both passengers and freight. In 1985, years...
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