Peggy's Cove Treasures
Things to See
Traveling off the beaten track offers amazing discoveries at Peggy's Cove. Here's a start. Park at the Visitor Information Center and walk across the crosswalk and you'll end up in Bill deGarthe's back yard where he carved this magnificent sculpture in the granite. Many visitors miss this because there are no signs pointing it out.
Be sure to meander out Lobster Lane after visiting the deGarthe Sculpture. It's just on your right and opposite Beale's Bailiwick. The walk offers a whole different perspective of the Cove and you'll enjoy meeting the local artisans.
The Buoy Shop
Roger will entertain you with history, facts and stories of people and happenings at the Cove. Ask him to show you the signature of his prized visitor. He'll be happy to show you. Ask him how he became known as the Governor of Peggy's Cove.
Old Jericho Road
After leaving the Buoy Shop, head toward the lighthouse, but only a short distance. On your left you will see a pile of rusty anchors and a sign that reads Jericho Road. Follow it! At the end you'll find the new breakwater that replaced the old. This autumn they increased the height by another four feet. This should now protect the village from waves rushing through this low section. You may just run into Hector (the XXIII). The original Hector was Peggy's pet gull and lived back in the 1800's. Hector XXIII is the many great great.... grandson.
This is what Bill did. Huricane Bill. Now you know why they reconstructed the breakwater.
The Lighthouse of Course!
Probably the most photographed lighthouse in the world! Here's a few shots showing the moods of the Old Gal. Originally the light was white or clear. Then it was changed to green and now it's red. I liked the green the best.
The Devil's Corner
My favorite spot for wave watching. Tried to get a few good shots Dec. 8 but dangerous conditions prohibited that from happening. Daredevils climbed out on the narrow ledge. Showing off to the girls or gaining bragging rights. Bad idea!
Lobster season runs from December to May. It's a busy time. "Gotta Like it" is David Keeping's boat. This was taken a few years ago, but shows the action on opening day. You'll notice the seagull... caught that shot while photographing Michael.
Wrapping It Up!
Just had to add the old outhouse below. For those of you who remember the "Good Old Days" this was a common scene tucked away in some little nook or corner. Lots of reading material like the Star Weekly, Eaton's & Simpson's catalogs and outdated newspapers were available to distract your sense of smell. And of course, if you were of the poorer class, those pages replaced the soft TP tissue we are spoiled with today. Newspapers were the preference, catalogs the last resort, especially those coated pages... poor absorbance and rather brittle. Some readers will know what I mean! It would be interesting if you shared your experience. The favorite prank at Halloween was to tip over outhouses, especially those out back of our one room schools. No doubt the boys were hoping for a holiday, but the men usually had it up and running before the bell rang. When I was in the printing business, Guy Harrison and I printed the first edition of Sherman Hines book "Outhouses of the East." It was a blast. My favorite was the outhouse that had the EXPLOSIVES sign. It had a sad ending. Recently Sherman told me the boys got into the sauce and lost their sensibilities. Without considering the nostalgic value of this historic landmark, they entertained themselves by playing with matches and watched it burn to the ground. No doubt methane added fuel to the fire! Remember, we'd love to read your comments, unless of course you're one of the old timers who haven't caught onto computers and therefore won't see this post. In that case, ask Grandpa or Grandma to relate their most memorable moment and post if here for them. Thanks!
- Who was Peggy of Peggy's Cove?
Folklore and Facts how Peggy's Cove was named.
- Peggy's Cove Lighthouse
The history and facts of the original and present lighthouse at Peggy's Cove.