Birthplace of Ice Hockey
Windsor, Nova Scotia, Canada - c. 1800
by Garth Vaughan © 2001
The Short "Long Pond"
1. Thomas Chandler Haliburton attended King's College Preparatory School, in the town of Windsor, in the British Colony of Nova Scotia, c. 1800.
"... boys let out racin', yelpin', hollerin, and whoopin' like mad with pleasure, and the play-ground, and the games at bass [base] in the fields, or hurly on the long pond on the ice..."
by character Sam Slick in
2. January 1833, T.C.
Haliburton purchased thirty acres "bounding to the eastward on the village,
to the north on the river, and to the South on the lands of King's College ",
and built Clifton House.
4. The deed of this transfer, dated January 28th, 1842, clearly identifies the land which was traded. This land makes up Clifton's lower field , formerly known as the "Three Elms Cricket Club Field" which lies along what is now known as Clifton Avenue Extension.
5. Ambrose Church surveyed Windsor in 1871, and his meticulous map shows a large, distinctively shaped pond [three concentric, overlapping circles, with the central circle being of slightly larger size] situated in the field adjacent to King's College Woods. 26 It was this field that came to Haliburton in the transfer with King's College.
Birds-eye View of Windsor - 1878 28,
shows Haliburton's property and the long pond, adjacent to Clifton Avenue.
"Long Pond was the great swimming place; yet possibly some of the present [1930s] generation may not even know where it is, or was. Our road was up Clifton Avenue, and the turning to the left as if going to Mr. Burchell's. When one got about opposite Clifton House, in the field was Long Pond... (see more)
Excerpts from: "I Remember"
by H. Percy Blanchard
Capter 10 - In Swimming
(Windsor, Nova Scotia)
First Published as a weekly column to the Hants Journal c. 1930.
"the Three Elms" the author says, " ... Long Pond was in the College grounds, and the level ground to the east of it was the cricket field ... "NOTE: This field is the area now called Clifton Avenue Extension and contains many houses.
*A bus route now passes through the middle of Haliburton's Long Pond.
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