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    • Waterfall at the base of the Green Gulch

    • Landscape;
    • Above the cliffs halfway out the Wester Cove, two forested hills descend and join to create the Green Gulch. The gully water cascades down the cliff face, creating an intimate waterfall far away - it seems - from everything else.
    • Home of Maurice Nash on the Square

    • Towns; Families; Houses; Architecture, building and construction;
    • As the number of Nashs increased, homesteads were built on the Square just above the Gut. Maurice (b. 1909) was the son of Thomas Nash (b. 1859) who first built on the Square. This Thomas Nash was the grandson of the first settler Thomas Nash.
    • Jerry OKeefe on O'Keefes Path

    • Landscape;
    • As the trees closer to the Place were cut, paths were required to haul out timber and firewood from further away. Along the first paths, wood was carried out on a horse and slide in the winter. Paths were blazed by individuals but used by all....
    • Sheep feed during low tide on the Flats

    • Landscape; Livestock;
    • At the mouth of The River, the delta is exposed twice a day as the ocean recedes from beyond the causeway. Here a considerable expanse of river islands, knows as the Flats, sit in the heart of the valley. High tide surrounds the outer flats while...
    • Activity on and around the Wharf

    • Boardwalks; People;
    • Between the 1950s and 1980s, most of the activity at the Gut happened on the Wharf the marginal wharf on the west side of the Gut. Even when the boats were not in, the Wharf was a lively place.
    • Panoramic View of Branch from the Naked Man - 1965

    • Landscape; Towns;
    • Branch has a rich landscape where the mouth of Branch River opens out into a wide valley along the shoreline of Branch Cove. The Naked Man is the highest point of land in the Easter Cove. The term naked man is the local term for an Irish cairn (or...
    • Fog shrouds the River Styx

    • Folk beliefs;
    • Branch is home to more than the human element. Fairies and those from other realms are known to inhabit places like the River Styx. Perhaps the fairies followed the first Irish settlers? The people of Branch have a respectful relationship with...
    • Young people gather for a time on the Bridge

    • Entertainment and recreation;
    • Branch is known for its large number of singers, musicians and other artists, many carrying on the oral tradition of their Irish ancestors. In the 1950s and early-1960s, before the Shamrock Lounge was opened, people often gathered for a time in the...
    • Branch River flows toward the Place

    • Entertainment and recreation; Fishing; Landscape;
    • Branch River, known locally as the River, flows fourteen miles from its headwaters and branches at its mouth in the heart of Branch. Oral tradition has it that Thomas Nash was lured to Branch partly by salmon in the River. Today, Branch River is a...
    • Cows on Packies Bonus

    • Employment; Vegetables;
    • During the Depression, residents were encouraged to clear land and were given a small government bonus for each acre cleared. Packie (Patrick) Power (1893-1965) cleared land above the Wester Cove, close to the Knap. This land became known as...
    • Fish flakes on the Back of the Beach

    • Cod fishing; Commercial fishing; Drying (Food preservation); Fishing; Salt-curing;
    • During the salt cod fishery, split and cleaned fish was left in salt bulk for two weeks and then spread to dry on flakes built on the Back of the Beach. Women and children were responsible for spreading and turning the fish.
    • Whitewood Gully flows toward the River

    • Landscape;
    • Early in the salt cod fishery, rinds (strips of bark) were used to cover fish in wet weather. The banks of the Whitewood Gully had a good supply of spruce and fir trees large enough to provide four and five foot rinds. When the bark was peeled, the...
    • Country Path

    • Landscape;
    • Footpaths leading out from the Place have been created over the years as hunters, anglers, berry pickers and hikers have walked to and from their favourite spots. The Country Path opens up the area known as the Country, north and east of the River.
    • Rainbow Over Branch

    • Landscape; Towns;
    • For over 200 years, in the valley where Thomas Nash first settled, people continue to have a close relationship with the land and ocean.
    • Target Tilt Gully flows into the River at the Salmon Hole

    • Landscape;
    • Gully banks are good places to find various tree species. In the late 1800s, a cooper by the name of Johnny Target spent time in Branch cutting birch wood for use in barrel making. Target built a tilt near this gully and it became known as Target...
    • Boats and fishing gear on Henrys Beach

    • Boats; Families; Fishing equipment; Fishing boats; Landscape; Salt-curing; Architecture, building and construction;
    • Henrys Beach is the point of land separating the Pond from the Gut. This area was traditionally owned by the Roche's who built fishing stages here after marriage into the Nash family. The land was also used to dry fish during the salt cod fishery....
    • One of the many fossils in the Rocks

    • Landscape; Archeology
    • In addition to a magical place for the young-hearted nature lover, the Rocks are home to a protected fossil site, remnants of life dating back 500 million years. Terry Fletcher writes, Since the description of the Cambrian trilobite Paradoxides...
    • Gathering on the Height

    • Landscape; Ritual;
    • In addition to the Wharf and the Corner, the Height has been a popular outdoor gathering place along the Gut Path leading to the Gut. In recent generations, it was a favourite place for the older folks to chat and reminisce.
    • The Kitchen Sink used for playing cubby

    • Landscape;
    • In from the Big Rock and the Cock O Wee Path, the Rocks of the Wester Cove transition into the Landwash through a stretch of relatively flat bedrock. Here the rock shelves are foundations for imaginary castles, oceanfront rooms and meandering...
    • The Ground sits fallow across the River

    • Landscape;
    • In the 1930s and 1940s, during the tumultuous years of the Depression and World War II, considerable agricultural land was cleared in Branch. The Ground, just up the River from Roches Gulch, was cleared by and for war veterans returning home to...

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