Travel: Discover the colonial connections with Nova Scotia's Liverpool
Lindsay Sutton visits Liverpool, Nova Scotia and hears of our colonial connections
Some of the original houses remain in the wealthier end of Liverpool, such as the home of Simeon Perkins, now a fascinating period history museum in its own right.
Like his fellow compatriots, Perkins – owner of the infamous Packet – arrived in Nova Scotia from overcrowded New England, where land was becoming scarce and expensive as settlements expanded and prospered.
Many British Loyalists also saw the way things were going and moved up the coast for the free land offered in Nova Scotia by the British government. Fortunes were made there from timber and fishing – and then from plundering at sea.
“It’s a great history,” says Liverpool Mayor John Leefe, whose family lived in Yorkshire four generations back. “We’re proud of our connections and our links with the old country and the Loyalists were only too happy to help them out with their privateering!”
But Mayor Leefe’s colleague Owen Hamlin reveals: “We all thought that our Liverpool was named after the British port. Then we discovered it was named after Lord Liverpool.
“There was a big brouhaha about changing the name of our river to Mersey rather than the traditional Liverpool River, but we were very pro-British and we’re still very fond of the old place.”