Fish Point & Yarmouth Bar History Project
Project Background and Definition
This project is being undertaken by the Yarmouth County Historical Society. The Historical Society prides itself in working diligently to enhance the public's knowledge of their shared heritage and to impart to visitors to the area the historical and cultural aspects of Yarmouth County.
Fish Point was once the property of the descendants of Enoch Stanwood who settled there in 1792. The Fish Point property was willed to the Yarmouth County Historical Society by Adeline H Robbins. This site and the surrounding area (Stanwood’s Beach, Yarmouth Bar) has significant historical and cultural value. Yarmouth reached its peak as an international shipping port in 1878, second only to Saint John NB in total registered shipping tonnage. The Society erected a monument at Fish Point in 1961 in memory of all “the seafaring sons of Yarmouth County who going down to the sea in ships” made Yarmouth known worldwide. The Society has continued to maintain this site throughout the years.
The monument at Fish Point is a testament to the men and women of Yarmouth who made us an internationally known port and to the people of Yarmouth County who worked in the vibrant fishing industry and especially on Stanwood’s Beach and the Yarmouth Bar.
- This same area was used by the aboriginals, the Acadians and New England fishermen as a good location for mooring their boats and landing their catches.
- In 1764, the first ship (a Shallop), built in Yarmouth County by a settler named John Sollows was launched at Fish Point.
- The first English settlers of 1762 established roots in this area and prospered.
- A fish processing plant was located here as early as 1763 and in the 1800’s many fishing vessels used this site to land their catches.
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