I was driving in the Gaspereau Valley in near the Minas Basin and Wolfville in Nova Scotia on Sunday. It was a sunny evening and on a hill near the Gaspereau River I saw a white tower on a hill, mainly surrounded by trees. I saw no buildings very near it, and it didn’t look like a church steeple to me. The other thing it reminded me of was the Dingle tower, but that made no sense either. The Dingle tower commemorates responsible government in the province, is made of stone, and is ten stories high. This tower was wooden, was about 3-4 stories high, and was in the middle of nowhere.
Anyway, it piqued my curiosity, so I tried to get near before dark. This is what I saw when made it to the hill. You could call it “the Newfoundlander who went up a hill but came down a conundrum.”
The tower is 3-4 stories high, and seems to barely have room for a staircase. It could be a look-off tower, but why have one in the first place, and why place it next to a very small graveyard in the second place?
There are four to six male family names between the three markers in the plot. The oldest birthdate I saw was 1818, and the most recent death was 2001. The family names were Brown, Mitchell, Perry, Stirling, Tamplin, and Trenholm. The only information I could find was here:
the Wallbrook Trenholm Cemetary .
“Name and Address:Stirling Cemetery, River Road, Wallbrook
Location:Between Gaspereau and West Brooklyn turn off by the old look-off tower
Comment:Believed to be a family owned cemetery”
This reminded me of the tower in the Dingle in Halifax.
I still don’t know the history of this site, and why there is a lookout tower here. At the base of the hill are two farms, and one looks like it has been there for a long time. Also, many of the trees on the hill look like they’ve been planted, with small groves of fir next to spruce near the upper slopes and with deciduous trees on the lower slopes. It looks like a woodlot to me.
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