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Mount Uniacke Estate - Hiking in Nova Scotia

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Published on Dec 4, 2011

In this video, I will be hiking the easy trails within the Mount Uniacke Estate Museum grounds. I'm also hunting for a historical item from the past.

By hiking along the old post trail, you might find one of the few remaining items from the old stage coach days, where the mile marker 27 is etched into a stone.

There are 7 trails to explore, just by doing the easy ones as in the video, you will need to budget around 2 hours and expect the walk at least 6km.

We hiked along the following trails: Lake Martha Loop, Post Road, Drumlin Field & Hothouse Hill. There are some back country loop, but we did explore them today.

The grounds are open year-around, but expect regular seasonal hours to access the museum itself.

Some excerpts from the museum website:
Built as a summer home for Richard John Uniacke, a Nova Scotian Attorney-General, the estate was prominently located along the stage coach route from Halifax to Windsor, a testimony to Uniacke's wealth and personal achievement.

The family summered in the area as early as the 1790s, probably staying in a farmhouse on the original land grant. Construction of the new house and out-buildings began in 1813 and was completed three years later. Although he maintained a house in Halifax, Uniacke would spend most of his time living in semi-retirement at the estate until his death in 1830.
Nostalgic for his native Ireland, he modeled his property after the Irish country estates, or working farms, he had known as a child. His estate included a large family home, a number of barns, a coach house, guest house, wash house, baths, privy, hot house, caretaker's house and an ice house.

Museum website:
http://museum.gov.ns.ca/uemp/en/home/...

View the GPS track file of the hike
http://connect.garmin.com/activity/12...

Suggested Reading
Nova Scotia's Lost Highways: The Early Roads that Shaped the Province by Joan Dawson
http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/N...

Music By
Pitx ยป "Pentatonicing"
http://ccmixter.org/files/Pitx/7966

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