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Welcome to Historic Fort Point

By Rob Sangster

Before beginning your walk on beautiful Fort Point, imagine that today's date is May 8, 1604. Look southwest across Dublin Bay toward the Atlantic Ocean. Beyond the islands you may see the good ship Le Don de Dieu as it drops anchor for the first time in the New World. Samuel de Champlain, the man who would change Europe's understanding of this vast continent, stands on the foredeck sketching the first of his famous maps. Do you see him waving to you?

His mission soon took him onward but he was so impressed with the LaHave area that he was instrumental in it being chosen by King Louis XIII to be the site of the First Capital of New France.

In 1632, Isaac de Razilly, French General and Viceroy, landed at Fort Point on the beautiful LaHave, the largest river in Nova Scotia, and carried out the command of his king.

The view. To the east, across the river, you see Ritcey Bay and the lovely village of Riverfront. Farther south along the far shore are Oxner’s Beach and a grassy saltmarsh. This area served as a meadow for Razilly's cattle.

To the south, across Dublin Bay, are East and West Spectacle islands. Behind them is the much larger Mosher Island with its pleasant beach and ever-vigilant lighthouse. Farther away, a little to the west, are the LaHave Islands, part of the cluster of islands that shelter the mouth of the LaHave River from the pounding force of the Atlantic Ocean.

Fort Ste. Marie de Grace. To see the fort, you must rely more on your imagination than your eyesight. As you stand on the bluff on the southern edge of the property, you are near the northern wall of the fort. At low tide, look for a rocky triangle extending into Dublin Bay that may have been part of the old fort's foundation.

Inside the sturdy brick, timber and stone walls that protected Razilly and his garrison were a well, a powder magazine, and various residential, storage and administrative buildings. A wooden cross rose high above the walls.

The fort was destroyed by fire in 1654 and lay in ruins for many generations. Over time, its fine stones were probably carted away to become part of the foundations of various structures built on Fort Point and the west bank of the river.

More devastating was the slow grip of the sea relentlessly eroding the point itself, drawing the remnants of the fort to its sandy bottom. Some of the old bricks found on the shore are on display in the museum. Finally, in 1991, the great boulders you see were put in place as a sea wall to stabilize the site.