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Wallace, Nova Scotia

Wallace is a picturesque village with a diverse cultural heritage. The remnants of Mi’kmaq habitation and the Acadian Dykes are visible reminders of our first Native and European settlers. This fishing and hunting community was then called Remsheg, meaning “the place between”, in the original Mi’kmaq language. The most obvious reminder of the Acadian settlers living in the Wallace area are the dykes.

Dyked farm land is still clearly visible and confirming that several families farmed and lived in Remsheg. The several hard working families that toiled over the rich soil were deported by the English in what is called the Expulsion of the Acadians.

Local author Francis Grant wrote that the male French settlers were marched to Tatamagouche and loaded on ships for expulsion, to the American seaboard, in August 1755. One of his stories suggests the female Acadians were left behind. After the English left French settlers from Ilse St. Jean, (Prince Edward Island) came to the area to rescue the women and children left behind. Between 80,000 and 100,000 loyalists migrated from the American Colonies.

Approximately 35,000 came to the Maritimes. The Loyalists that settled in Wallace were from Westchester New York. The Loyalists were given 239 acre lots in the recently surveyed township of Remsheg. There were granted farm lands and an additional three acre lot in the Township. The descendants of many of these families are still in the Wallace area today. Some of the families are: Brown, Dotten, Forshner, Piers, Purdy and Tuttle.

The legacy left from the heyday of Wallace sandstone continues to be a source of pride for the local area. In it’s long history, Wallace sandstone has graced buildings from Halifax to San Francisco and forms part of the Peace Tower of the Canadian Parliament buildings in Ottawa. Architect Robert Scott, who was commissioned to build the Nova Scotia Legislature in 1811, opened the first quarry in the area. Eventually several quarries opened along the Wallace River and two in Wallace. Wallace sandstone had many uses from sidewalk blocks, breakwaters, head stones, but is most famous for its building stone.

The history of Wallace sandstone goes back much further than the nineteenth century, when humans first worked the stone. The story of Wallace sandstone begins 300 million of years ago when the sandstone formed from the bed of a gigantic river created by the formation of the Appalachian Mountain range. This fast flowing river deposited beautiful clean sand as it wound its way through North Eastern North America and out into the Atlantic Ocean. History of the quarries and some of the fine stone buildings they contributed to, is available at the Museum.

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