The Doors of Fort Point


Fort Point Museum sits on a a pretty little knoll at the mouth of the LaHave River that witnessed little-known, but significant events in Canadian history.

This was the first bit of land that Samuel de Champlain and Pierre du Gua de Monts spotted in North America in 1604.  They named this place “La Have”, after “LeHeve”,the last view of France the explorers had of France.

Discovered and mapped in 1604, a settlement was established in 1632 by Isaac de Razilly, and was, for a short time, the Capital of New France in Acadia.

The prosperous fortified settlement included a chapel built for the three Capuchin monks, who brought education to New France by establishing the first school.

Prior to 1604, the Mi’kmaq used this place for summer campgrounds. A relationship sprung up between the Mi’kmaq and the French which continues.

A lot of “firsts”, and many “doors” opened here at Fort Point, La Have.  But, to make a long story short, squabbles between rival French factions in LaHave and Port Royal resulted in Fort Point burned to the ground in 1850.  The land changed hands between the French and English until the Treaty of Utrecht finally turned all of Acadia over to the British in 1710.

The Museum was opened in the former light keeper’s house in 1972.

Doorway into the gardens.

The doors of the building housing the communal oven are open wide.

The oven door.

We haven’t been here in years, but we dropped in on a cycling trip last weekend. And we were suitably impressed by this little museum perched above the beach.

While there, I made a happy discovery. Seems one of my family names (Comeau) is connected with the first French settlers. I’ll definitely be back to learn more about that!

Linked with Norm’s Thursday Doors