Scotia's Showcase - May 21, 2020 - Middle Musquodoboit

Updated: Jun 23, 2020



Middle Musquodoboit is a farming community located in the Musquodoboit Valley region of Halifax Regional Municipality. The community's name comes from the First Nations' word meaning to suddenly widen out after a narrow entrance at a mouth, Mooskoduboogwek. One of the first families to settle Middle Musquodoboit was the Archibald family (New England Planters). They were were soon followed by Loyalists such as John Layton which resulted in the community being called Laytonville for an undetermined period of time after 1883. (1)


Middle Musquodoboit is home to Musquodoboit Valley Provincial Park. Nova Scotia Provincial Parks Facebook site has more information about this park and all the other beautiful parks located around the province.


It is also home to Bicentennial Theatre, a historic builiding that operates as both a community centre and performing arts theatre. The theatre is equipped with 230 seats and state of the art lighting and sound systems.


McCurdy Woodlot is a 2.9 kilometre loop trail located near Middle Musquodoboit, good for all skill levels. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on leash. The trail is primarily used for walking, hiking, nature trips and birding.


It's amazing what you can find on the internet! On the Nova Scotia archives I found pictures and information (click the links to see) about the Musquodoboit Presbyterian Church Centennial Celebrations that took place from July 11-13, 1915. According to this site: "Dr. William Harrison was a native of Liverpool, England, who immigrated to Nova Scotia in 1830. Jennie Reid,Musquodoboit Pioneers, vol. 2, pp. 830-831, states that Dr. Harrison settled in Middle Musquodoboit, purchased property, and 'built there one of the finest residences in Halifax Co.' Dr. Harrison’s residence later became part of the Halifax County Exhibition Grounds in Middle Musquodoboit."


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RESOURCES:

1. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Category:Middle_Musquodoboit%2C_Nova_Scotia


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