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334 Pelham Street

Rous Brook Park
Rous Brook Park at the Founders landing
334 Pelham Street
Lunenburg, NS B0J 2C0

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Rous' Brook Park at the Founders' Landing

From 1749-1752 over 24 shiploads of immigrants first arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia, as part of the British’s attempt to colonize the Nova Scotia territory. The voyages from Halifax to Lunenburg that took approximately 12 hours (with a fair wind).

On June 8th and 17th, 1753, many of these first immigrants then arrived in Merligash (Lunenburg) and stepped ashore at Founders' Landing honored now by the Rous' Brook Park overlooking this beaytiful harbour landing site.

This is the location where the first Foreign Protestants Lunenburg Founders disembarked from their ships arriving from Halifax. They then traveled by foot up the hill a short ways on a unnamed trail taking a left on what is now called Hospital Road loacted at the junction of Rous' Brook Park on Pelham Street. Pelham to the right becomes Blue Rocks Road ending at Blue Rocks, while going to the left led them to the future town of Lunenburg. 

First voyage: June 7th, 1753 (14 vessels) A total of 642 settlers of which 289 were able to bear arms. They embarked on May 28th but didn't leave Halifax Harbour until 8 p.m. Thursday June 7th and the ships arrived at Merligash (Lunenburg) between 7 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. on Friday June 8th. 

Second voyage: A total of 11 vessels and 811 settlers embarked on June 15th but didn't arrive in Lunenburg until June 17th.

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In 1753, three years into Father Le Loutre's War, John Creighton led the group of Foreign Protestants stationed in Halifax to resettle Mirliguèche naming the new British colony Lunenburg. The town was named in honour of the King of Great Britain and Ireland, George August of Hanover who was also the duke of Braunschweig-Lüneburg. Like Halifax, the British established Lunenburg unilaterally, that is, without negotiating with the Mi'kmaq whose sovereign territory it had always been. In the spring, Governor Hopson received warnings from Fort Edward that as many as 300 natives nearby were prepared to oppose the settlement of Lunenburg and intended to attack upon the arrival of settlers. On June 7, 1753, supervised by Lawrence, escorted by several ships of the British Navy and accompanied by 160 Regular soldiers, 1,453 Foreign Protestants from Halifax landed at Rous' Brook.

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