While spending time in the Far East (of Canada) with my father, I was able to wander through downtown Oxford. It's a very small town in the northwest arm of Nova Scotia with a population of about 1,100 people. This is where my parents were living when I was born Springhill, Nova Scotia the place with the closest hospital.
Oxford Frozen Foods.
Oxford Frozen Foods.
Oxford Town Hall. There is faint carving in the stone above the
windows that reads "The Wild Blueberry and Maple Centre"
This building was once the local hardware store owned by my
Grandfather Wood. My Dad and his family lived upstairs.
There used to be a balcony on this corner of the building. In his
childhood my Dad slept there on hot summer nights.
Now the hardware store is an antique store.
It was closed when I was there, open by appointment.
The local newspaper, The Oxford Journal, is one of the last remaining privately owned newspapers in the country. The Marchant family has owned the paper for more than 100 years and Paul Marchant, son of my Dad's cousin Glenn, is the fourth generation of Marchants to run it. Update: Six months after I wrote this post, the Oxford Journal printed it's last paper. Here's a link with a little more info. Many are hoping it may make an online appearance.
The homes in Oxford vary from flat roofed, Maritime saltbox houses, to Victorian style homes with big porches and gingerbread accents.
While we were visiting we interred my mother's ashes in the Wood family plot. It was a real education to walk through cemetery and see visual proof that our family has been in Canada for eight generations (counting my children). I felt like I was on an episode of "Who do you think you are?"
This marker honours my great, great, great grandfather Valentine Wood, born February 14, 1809. His father William was the first of the Wood side of my family to come to Canada in the late 1700's - though I guess it wasn't Canada at that point. His wife Jane is also honoured on the marker as well as their son George (the 10th of 12 children), who died at the age of twenty seven.