St. John’s United

St. John's United Church, Strathlorne, Nova Scotia, Canada
St. John’s United Church, Strathlorne, Nova Scotia, Canada

An old church and cemetery is just outside of Inverness, Nova Scotia near the Cabot Trail.  A wooden plaque next to the entrance of St. John’s United Church says “Gathering here since 1828”.

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Bay View United

Bay View United Church, Digby, Nova Scotia, Canada , 1885
Bay View United Church, Digby, Nova Scotia, Canada

Bay View United Church is a small church near Digby, Nova Scotia.  The Greek Style building was built in 1873 by the local Presbyterians.  In 1925 the church converted to the newly formed United Church.  The location also has a small cemetery.

St. Kateri Holy Trinity Catholic

Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, Whycocomagh, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, Whycocomagh, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada

I happened by this church on the edge of Bras d’Or Lake on Cape Breton Island, Canada.  Nothing so far on the history of the church, but the name St. Kateri comes from the first Native American woman patronized as a saint by the Catholic Church.  She was a Mohawk who converted at age 19, only 5 years before her death in 1680.  There’s a nearby Mi’kmaq reserve in the area and the church serves that community.

St. Barnabas Anglican

St. Barnabas Anglican Church and Cemetery, Ecum Secum,  Nova Scotia
St. Barnabas Anglican Church and Cemetery, Ecum Secum, Nova Scotia

St. Barnabas Anglican Church opened in 1887 and consecrated in 1889.  The surrounding cemetery is a bit older.  The Nova Scotia church is located in Ecum Secum, a strange name that nobody seems to know how it was derived.  The style of the church is Gothic Revival with a bell tower and steeple.

Mahone Bay

Churches, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada
Churches, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada

Mahone Bay in Nova Scotia is a postcard type town.  Along the small bay in the center of town are a trio of old churches- St. James Anglican, St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran, and Trinity United.  The mix of churches is the result of mostly German, Swiss and French settlers to the area in the mid-18th century.

Trinity Lutheran is a Gothic Revival building built in 1861 and moved to its present site in 1869.  St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran was built in 1869 and St. James Anglican dates from 1887.