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    • A view of the Easter Cove from the Wester Cove

    • Abandoned houses; Architecture, building and construction; Landscape; Towns;
    • On the east side of the wide river mouth, the Easter Cove has at times been quite removed from the Place. In the early years, there were a fair number of houses in the Easter Cove. However in 1962, rafting ice damaged the series of wooden bridges...
    • Easter Cove Hill

    • Architecture, building and construction;
    • The road on the Easter Cove Hill is part of Route 92 locally known as North Harbour Road. Route 92 connects Branch with communities at the head of St. Marys Bay and was completed in 1975. Route 100 which meets Route 92 in the Place, connects...
    • Dam on John Englishs Gully

    • Architecture, building and construction;
    • John Englishs Gully was dammed in 1949 to provide the first municipal water supply. Marina Gambin writes her fathers response to her inquiry on Englishs identity, A fellow by the name of John English used to go out there in the summertime and strip...
    • St. John, Isabella. Isabella St. John Interview Excerpt L

    • Architecture, building and construction; Buildings; Houses; Landscape;
    • Transcript: What I would like is to see all single family residences in 20 years, and to have some of the existing fishing premises restored and maintained for public access... and what I would hate to see is all the existing houses removed, and...
    • Stakes piled on the Big Hill

    • Architecture, building and construction; Vernacular architecture;
    • The tree-covered hills around Branch provide firewood and timber. Over the years, this local supply has been used to build houses and boats, horse slides and box carts, wharves and flakes, furniture and barrels. The Big Hill is known as a good...
    • 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.
    • Early all-grade school in Branch

    • Buildings;
    • The early schools in Branch were located in peoples houses. By the early-1900s, this large schoolhouse - across from the location of the current church - was the centre of education for many Branch children.
    • Relaxing by the Plot monument

    • Churches; Religion;
    • The Catholic religion has played a central role in the lives of Branch residents. The Plot marks the site of the first Church in Branch, built in 1848 at the Gut. The third and current church was built in 1983 and overlooks the Place from Peters...
    • 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...
    • A view from the Hill

    • Families; Houses; Towns; Weddings;
    • In the early-1800s, Nix Power married one of Thomas Nashs daughters and the Powers settled on the Hill above the Gut and Square. In the mid-1850s, another family of Powers arrived and settled on the Hill. Patrick Mooney (b. 1816) the first Mooney...
    • A view of the Place from across the River

    • Families; Towns;
    • Oral tradition has it that several years after settling in Branch, Thomas Nash returned to Ireland to perform his Easter duties, there being no priests in the area at the time. On his return, he was joined by two friends, Bill English and Nix...
    • Salmon Fishing on the River

    • Fishing; Landscape;
    • There are many salmon holes on the River from the headwaters down to the Place. These include the Reefs, the Feeders, the Buckets, the Falls, the Strouters, Mortuary Place, Salmon Hole, Darby Bow, and Otter Rub. There are other favourite fishing...
    • 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...

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