Thus it was that I was eager to participate in the Governor’s plan to start a new township a day’s sail to the southwest where we could at last have the land that had been promised to us. It was a happy morning on June 8, 1753, when we sailed into Lunenburg Harbour with a flotilla of boats filled with people and baggage, building materials and provisions. As part of the militia, I went ashore early to make sure the peninsula was clear. People had lived there before - there was some cleared land. Under Colonel Lawrence’s direction, we set to work building blockhouses for defense and barracks to live in. But the Colonel’s careful plans could not withstand our eagerness to build our own houses and start the new life we had been dreaming of for so long. Within 11 days, we held our first church service and received our own town lots. By summer’s end, every family had some kind of house and a garden.
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