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|Below is a brief history of Norwood compiled by the late Marlene Sweeney
as a school project when she was about 10 years old. I also am going to
do a history of Norwood at a later date. Erma Harris
My Home Community of Norwood
As time goes on it becomes much harder to obtain information about any early settlement. I have gathered some information about the community I live in. I interviewed Mr. Everette Killam, Mr. Vernon Cleland, Mr. Douglas Eldridge (Sr.) and Mrs. Ethel Hubley to get my information.
From Mr. Cleland I found out how Norwood
got its name. A Mr. Charles (Church) Winters who lived in Lake George,
where Mr. and Mrs. Neil Allen live now, owned land in by Lots Lake. This
was back of Lake Annis toward Forest Glen, and traveled through
a wooded area north of Lake George. He named it Norwood, whereas
it was north of his home and
In years gone by a sawmill was a very important
part of any settlement. The first mill in Norwood was built by Mr. Ben
or Bernard Moses in 1863. The mill was an old- style up and down mill,
built by the river, back of my grandfather's (Mr. Ashael Sweeney).
There was a road built to the mill back of Douglas Eldridge property
that came out of Mr. And Mrs. Taylors property across the road from my
grandfather’s home. Since the first mill was built in 1863, there have
been several other mills in Norwood such as a mill built in 1894 by a Mr.
David Sanders and a Mr.John Churchill. This mill ran for about 15 years.
Another mill was
The Church in Norwood which serves the community only in the summertime now was built in 1886. A Mr. Crosby who built the Frank Clark place across from where Norwood Station used to be had the idea to build the Church. The Cemetery which is located on the hill back of the Church was built around 1909 and 1910. The first person who was buried in Norwood Cemetery was Seretha Allen, May 1910 who died of consumption (T.B.) There are approximately 55 people buried in the cemetery with the most recent in March of 1980.
The railroad went through Norwood in about 1878. The first train from Yarmouth to Digby was on August 21, 1878 and just carried ballast. The railroad was open for transportation on September 29, 1878. The train station was built in Norwood in 1894 or 1895 and Mrs. Ethel Hubley’s father and mother lived there for two or three years. The last station was sold and moved to Hectanooga to be used as a shed in the early 1950’s.
Norwood never had a school of its own. The
Lake Annis school served the community of Lake Annis and Norwood.
The school was built in 1885 because Mr. George Cossar of Lake Annis (my
great great grandfather) decided his own children needed schooling. The
school closed in 1952 when the pupils were bused to consolidated
schools in Port Maitland and Yarmouth. The school was torn
down in 1960 and 1961. The first school bus was a car driven by Mr. Neil
Allen who transported students in 1952. Students have been transported
ever since by buses. My father drives a school bus now. Everyone respects
John Sweeney! Mrs. Blanche Cleland ran the first
post office in Norwood in the late
In 1946, the electric lights came to our community. Before the electric lights the people used kerosene lamps.
Also we had no telephones in our community until 1961. Our family moved to Norwood in 1975. In my home community of Norwood on March 24, 1980, There are six families with 17 residents living in Norwood. Mr Charlie Mullen at the ripe young age of 86 is the oldest resident in our community. My grandfather Ashael (Ace) Sweeney, the second oldest is 76 years old. The dates I have used in my Social Studies project about my Community are as nearly correct as can be.
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