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    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • Hussey, Dorothy. Dorothy Hussey Interview Excerpt D

    • Buildings; People;
    • Transcript: Years ago, my father used to keep his car down there. They had a dance hall... down in the square, but its tore down now... My mother and them used to go down there when they were younger, right? When they'd get us into bed, they'd go...
    • Pearcey, Charlie. Charlie Pearcey Interview Excerpt R

    • Families; Houses; People; Personal experience narratives;
    • Transcript: Yes... if you had something [somebody else wanted or] you wanted ... and the next door neighbor got a lend of it and brought it back. Everybody was "aunt" this or "uncle" that. When I was a boy and grew up everybody's door was open you...
    • Men gathered in their Sunday best on the Corner

    • People; Men; Ritual; Landscape;
    • In the early 1800s, todays Corner would have been the boundary of the Place. As the population grew, however, the Place extended beyond the Corner. As a central location, the Corner became a meeting place, particularly for the men and faithfully...
    • 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...
    • 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.
    • 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...
    • 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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