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    • Rainbow Over Branch

    • Knowledge of the land/water and environment; Migration/settlement;
    • For over 200 years, in the valley where Thomas Nash first settled, people continue to have a close relationship with the land and ocean.
    • The Kitchen Sink used for playing cubby

    • Knowledge of the land/water and environment;
    • 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...
    • Fog shrouds the River Styx

    • Supernatural belief;
    • 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...
    • Fog hanging in over the Wester Cove

    • Knowledge of the land/water and environment;
    • Starting at the Hayjers Rock, the Wester Cove bends in toward the Place on the west side of the River. Cliffs divide the Wester Cove into two parts: tree-covered hills that range toward the Place, and a narrow, rugged shoreline at the base of the...
    • Farmland alongside Roches Gulch

    • Knowledge of the land/water and environment; Migration/settlement; Work;
    • 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...
    • The Ground sits fallow across the River

    • Knowledge of the land/water and environment;
    • 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...
    • Whitewood Gully flows toward the River

    • Knowledge of the land/water and environment;
    • 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...
    • Valleys Pond provides town water

    • Knowledge of the land/water and environment;
    • Valleys Pond is the current town water source. It used to be a great place to catch mud trout like many ponds around Branch. People also hunt ducks and trap animals that hang around the gullies running in and out of ponds.
    • The Black Wharf juts out into the Cove

    • Knowledge of the land/water and environment;
    • The Black Wharf was originally a finger pier placed to slow the adverse effects of river sand and tidal action on the depth of the Gut. Over the years, the structural material of the Black Wharf has changed and today this structure is technically a...
    • The Bank overlooks the Landwash

    • Knowledge of the land/water and environment;
    • The Bank is a manmade structure. In the mid-1950s, when the Gut was dredged, sand and gravel were piled at the edge of the Landwash, creating the Bank.
    • Longliners tied moored in the Pond

    • Knowledge of the land/water and environment; Work;
    • The Pond is a natural body of water in the estuary. Today, fishing catches are unloaded from the Pond and trucked out of Branch for processing. Boats have anchored and moored in the Pond since Thomas Nash arrived and built the first homestead...
    • A view of the Easter Cove from the Wester Cove

    • Migration/settlement;
    • 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

    • Objects;
    • 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...
    • A view of the Place from across the River

    • Migration/settlement; Oral traditions, expressions and the written word;
    • 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...
    • Branch River flows toward the Place

    • Knowledge of the land/water and environment; Migration/settlement; Oral traditions, expressions and the written word;
    • 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...
    • Pool at the End of Stevies Road

    • Knowledge of the land/water and environment;
    • 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...
    • Englishs Gulch flows past meadows on the way to the River

    • Knowledge of the land/water and environment; Migration/settlement;
    • 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...
    • Inland view of the Flats

    • Knowledge of the land/water and environment; Work;
    • 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.
    • Cows on Packies Bonus

    • Work; Food;
    • 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...

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