BEINN BHREAGH

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Timeline 1885 – Alexan­der and Ma­bel Bell land at Baddeck af­ter their New­found­land-bound boat en­coun­ters prob­lems and forced to port. Late-1880s – The Bells pur­chase prop­erty on a penin­sula known to the Mi’kmaq as Meg­wat­patek, and be­gin con­struc­tion of Beinn Bhreagh Hall, their sum­mer home. 1893 – House is com­pleted us­ing lo­cal ma­te­ri­als at a cost of $22,000. Home has 37 rooms, in­clud­ing 11 bed­rooms, and 17 fire­places. 1890s – Many out­build­ings are con­structed, in­clud­ing lab­o­ra­tory, dairy and boat­yard. 1909 – Bell is present for the first air­craft flight in Canada when J.A.D. McCurdy pilots the Sil­ver Dart over the ice of the Bras d’Or. 1922 – Both Alexan­der and Ma­bel die. 2015 – Beinn Bhreagh is rec­og­nized as a pro­vin­cial her­itage prop­erty

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