Ex­pe­dia names Digby fourth most charm­ing his­toric town in Canada

Tri-County Vanguard - - NEWS - AMANDA DOUCETTE DIG­BY­COURIER.CA

Digby is a town founded on his­tory and now a travel com­pany is ap­pre­ci­at­ing that his­tory by list­ing Digby as one of the top Charm­ing, His­toric Towns in Canada.

Ex­pe­dia, a glob­ally rec­og­nized travel and tech­nol­ogy com­pany, cre­ated the list and named Digby the fourth list­ing.

“There are so many in­ter­est­ing towns with strong ties to his­tory, and we wanted to give them a spot­light. We se­lected the des­ti­na­tions by look­ing for towns with im­por­tant his­toric sites and unique ori­gins sto­ries,” says the au­thor of the ar­ti­cle, Jen­nifer Cuel­lar. “Digby caught our at­ten­tion, as it has al­ways rep­re­sented a safe har­bour for trav­ellers. With tran­quil beauty and his­toric build­ings around town, it’s an ex­cel­lent spot to visit.”

In 1783 Digby was set­tled by United Em­pire Loy­al­ists, led by Ad­mi­ral Robert Digby, the cap­tain of the HMS Ata­lanta, the ship that brought them here.

Cit­i­zens who came on the ship, from New York and New Eng­land, ap­pre­ci­ated Ad­mi­ral Digby’s ef­forts in lead­ing them to safety and they pe­ti­tioned to have the land here named Digby.

In the 1890s Digby was in­cor­po­rated as a town.

A his­toric walk­ing tour is of­fered in down­town Digby where a lo­cal his­to­rian will guide vis­i­tors on a tour through the past.

Some of the facts men­tioned on the tour is that Digby has a col­lec­tion of his­toric houses in the down­town core. Some built in the 1800-1900s that are still stand­ing to­day.

Along with that is the Trin­ity Angli­can Church that was first built in 1785 and torn down and re­built. The prop­erty is now a Na­tional His­toric Site of Canada and a Pro­vin­cial Her­itage Prop­erty.

“Some­times we don’t ap­pre­ci­ate the beauty around us,” says Mayor Ben Cleve­land. “We don’t al­ways look back and we should be look­ing back, to re­mem­ber what it took to get to where we are to­day.”

Cleve­land has spo­ken to many tourists vis­it­ing the area and he says from what he’s heard, they’re im­pressed.

“There just amazed of what the town has to of­fer.”

When asked what his favourite his­tor­i­cal as­pect of the town was, Cleve­land couldn’t de­cide. He men­tioned the ar­rival of the Em­pire Loy­al­ists and the early farm­ing set­tlers in the area but he’s proud of all that Digby has to of­fer.

“There’s a lot of his­tory here, and ev­ery­one has such busy lives, so some­times I think we over­look it and don’t fully ap­pre­ci­ate what we have here,” says Cleve­land.

AMANDA DOUCETTE

The wharf in the Town of Digby.

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