As the birthplace of “New Scotland”, Pictou County is home to some of the earliest immigrant stories to the New World. Communities that today seem like sleepy little hamlets were often once bustling hubs of industry and innovation, playing a pivotal role in growth and development of what would become Nova Scotia. The people who came to settle here were responsible for sparking the flood of immigration from Scotland and Europe that would so definitively shape the culture and character of this part of the world.

To commemorate this history and legacy, Pictou County has established a network of  Community Historical Kiosks. These kiosks contain interpretive panels that explain each community’s rich history and culture through story, graphics and historical photos.

For example, the village of Eureka was home to three woollen mills and the incredible “Eureka Unshrinkable Underwear”, East River was the chosen home for more than 42 soldiers of disbanded Royal Highland Regiments and their families after the war with the New England States, and Sunny Brae was established in 1802 as new waves of immigrants necessitated the push into new territories further up river. These and other tales are found in the community kiosks located across the county.

The network of kiosks makes for a lovely drive through some of the more scenic areas of Pictou County. Kiosks are located in the following communities: Churchville, Sunny Brae/Hopewell, Eureka, Blue Mountain, Durham, Kenzieville, Merigomish, Lismore, Barneys River and River John. Click here for more information and view a Google map of the entire tour.