Wallace mill stands test of time

Staff ~ The Truro Daily News
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By Sherry Martell

Truro Daily News

Wallace - Sandstone quarrymen in Wallace at the turn of the

century were not only helping to build landmarks but also a strong foundation for their community.

One of the first buildings ever to be constructed using the unique olive-grey coloured Wallace stone, was the Nova Scotia Legislature, and today can still be found in almost every Canadian province and many of the United States.

"The quarry first started in 1811 and it's been boom or bust ever since," said museum curator David Dewar. "There's been

times where there were more

than 200 men working in the quarries and others when there were none.

"It's on a boom cycle right now."

Several quarries have opened and closed in the Wallace area during the past 196 years but one still remains in operation today, owned by the Flynn family and includes a modern sandstone mill.

A recently opened exhibit at the Wallace and Area Museum is a tribute to the men who laboured in the quarries, the stonemasons made famous by their unique craftsmanship and the blacksmiths who kept their tools in good repair.

"A quarry at times would have two blacksmiths working, sharpening tools and tempering steel," said Dewar.

A large bellows, once used in the quarries, is included in the display that tells the story of the sandstone industry from past to present.

Several tools of the trade, sandstone carvings, and a miniature recreation of Wallace village in the early 1900s are also on display.

The exhibit will be on display all summer long and museum is open Tuesday to Saturday. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.


Organizations: Daily News, Area Museum

Geographic location: United States

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