Ship­wreck at St. Croix Cove?

Annapolis Valley Register - - NEWS -

McCurdy said that’s the story her fa­ther al­ways told, with the added de­tail that the plot of land was on a side hill ex­posed to the sun across the road from where she grew up - not far from the church. Be­cause the sun would hit the hill­side, it was eas­ier to dig the graves in the frozen earth in Jan­uary.

McCurdy said the church was used on a reg­u­lar ba­sis when she was grow­ing up, at least once a month and prob­a­bly for two evening ser­vices. There were five churches: Phin­neys Cove, Hamp­ton, St. Croix, Port Lorne, and Mount Rose – and one min­is­ter.

“There was a wed­ding here last sum­mer, there have been a few fu­ner­als – two or three in the last 25 years, but what it is reg­u­larly is Christ­mas Eve by lamp­light and we fill it with peo­ple. Be­cause it has no elec­tric­ity it’s an odd­ity and it gets to be a thing, peo­ple just keep com­ing back.”

— Ann McCurdy

“Early, early on they would have been us­ing this church ev­ery Sun­day be­cause peo­ple didn’t travel,” McCurdy said. “The peo­ple in the cove would come here. The peo­ple in Hamp­ton would stay in Hamp­ton.”

While ex­ten­sive re­pairs have been made to the St. Croix Cove church in 1904, and again in 2017, there is no elec­tric­ity and the build­ing is now used only on spe­cial oc­ca­sions – like wed­dings and the al­ways- pop­u­lar Christ­mas Eve ser­vice.

“There was a wed­ding here last sum­mer, there have been a few fu­ner­als – two or three in the last 25 years, but what it is reg­u­larly is Christ­mas Eve by lamp­light and we fill it with peo­ple,” she said. “Be­cause it has no elec­tric­ity it’s an odd­ity and it gets to be a thing, peo­ple just keep com­ing back.”

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