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    • 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...
    • 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...
    • Englishs Gulch flows past meadows on the way to the River

    • Landscape; Livestock; Vegetables;
    • Two Gulches adjacent to the Flats on the east side of the River provide valuable farming land as well as great places for the nature lover to explore. Englishs Gulch, the gulch closer to the ocean, was one of the tracts of land cleared in Branch in...
    • 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....
    • Foxs Knob  the highest point of land

    • Landscape;
    • There are many different types of hills in and around Branch knobs, hommocks, pinnacles, lookouts, knaps - each with their own characteristics and uses. The Foxs Knob is the highest point of land on the west side of St. Marys Bay. Hills are great...
    • 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...
    • Aerial view of the shoreline, Flats and Place

    • Houses; Towns;
    • The Place refers to the main cluster of houses west of the River. Since the 1970s, there has been considerable residential development in the Easter Cove (not shown). People living in the Easter Cove will say they are going over to the Place when...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • The Hayjers Rock stands at the entrance to Branch Cove

    • Landscape;
    • The Hayjers Rock, standing solitary at the tip of the Wester Cove, is the iconic landmark of Branch - a reminder of the play between land and ocean, and a bedrock symbol of Home for generations. In the time of the first settlers, this rock was...
    • Pool at the End of Stevies Road

    • Landscape;
    • River pools provide swimming areas for the young and young-hearted. The Pool at the End of Stevies Road is the most popular swimming area today. Stevies Road is named for Stephen Nash who served in the Royal Navy and cleared land in the area after...
    • Inland view of the Flats

    • Landscape; Vegetables; Livestock;
    • The Flats provide a considerable tract of agricultural land in Branch. Suitable for growing vegetables and a source of hay, the Flats also provide livestock pasturage.
    • Farmland alongside Roches Gulch

    • Landscape; Families;
    • Like that of Englishs Gulch, the land around Roches Gulch was cleared for farming in the 1800s. Patrick Roche (1803 1892) obtained the land as a wedding gift when he married Nellie English. The early Roches temporarily moved to the Gulch to escape...
    • Fog creeps in over Red Point

    • Landscape;
    • The valley hills of the Easter Cove range toward the ocean, ending at Red Point the eastern tip of the Cove. Marked by its red-rocked cliffs, Red Point is often the land entrance for fog as it creeps in and out over the eastern hills.
    • 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.

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