The First Alder­wood

The Victoria Standard - - History - JOAN MACINNES

Built circa 1865, the house pic­tured above was si­t­u­ated next to Bad­deck’s first hos­pi­tal and had been the home of the Hon­ourable David Mc­curdy and his wife, Mary (Archibald) Mc­curdy. As was the cus­tom of the day, the house was given a name; in this in­stance, it was called “Alder­wood”.

The Mc­curdy fam­ily had a pres­ence in Bad­deck dat­ing back to the early 1860’s. Their daugh­ter, Han­nah, was the first of the fam­ily to set­tle here. She and her hus­band, An­gus Tup­per, moved to Bad­deck shortly af­ter their mar­riage in 1861. An­gus be­gan busi­ness in a store lo­cated on Wa­ter Street. Sadly, by 1863, his health be­gan to fail. It was then that Han­nah wrote to her fam­ily seek­ing help with the run­ning of their busi­ness. Her brother, Ed­ward, was elected to come to his sis­ter’s aid. Ed­ward wasn’t here very long be­fore he re­al­ized that the emerg­ing town had un­ex­plored busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties. So, he con­vinced his en­tire fam­ily to re­lo­cate from Onslow, on the main­land, to Cape Bre­ton.

The Mc­curdy’s left a legacy that ben­e­fited the fi­nan­cial de­vel­op­ment of the town (as it was called in those days). Not only did David Mc­curdy es­tab­lish a num­ber of fam­ily busi­nesses un­der the firm name, David Mc­curdy and Sons, he was also re­spon­si­ble for en­cour­ag­ing other en­trepreneurs to set­tle in the area - in­clud­ing a tin smith, a boot and shoe fac­tory, and tan­ner­ies.

The first se­niors’ home in Bad­deck, ap­pro­pri­ately named “Alder­wood”, was es­tab­lished in 1949 in the for­mer Mc­curdy dwelling. Ac­cord­ing to Char­lie Mc­curdy’s an­nual re­port to Coun­cil on Jan. 10, 1950, there were seven se­niors in res­i­dence at that time. The sec­ond Alder­wood Rest Home was lo­cated on Jones Street on the site of the for­mer Ho­tel Bad­deck - it opened in 1971 and served the area for thirty-nine years. The third, and present Alder­wood opened in 2010 and is lo­cated just west of the vil­lage proper on Alder­wood Lane off of Shore Road.

Many thanks to Don­nie and Mar­got Ma­caulay for mak­ing the pho­to­graph avail­able to the ar­chives. Also, I no­tice the pic­ture was signed - M. An­der­son. Can any­one help to iden­tify the pho­tog­ra­pher?

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