Charles William Macdonald - Nova Scotia's Uncommon Common Man

Creator(s): Charles Macdonald Concrete House Museum

Charles William Macdonald was a seaman, labourer, artist, and manufacturer. Born in 1874 into a farming family in Steam Mill, Nova Scotia, his knack for drawing would lead him to seaports, galleries and museums around the world. Realizing at an early age that art would not lead to a practical vocation in the "Cornwallis Valley" he travelled to New York and signed on as ship's carpenter in an effort to better his skills through travel. Influenced by the wondrous places and things he saw, he returned to explore Canada from sea to sea before settling down in Centreville near where he was born. There he built a business fabricating pipe, brick and culverts using concrete that had impressed him in his travels. The journeys also introduced him to socialist ways of thinking, not common to the valley.

This exhibit allows a look at Macdonald's life and talents through his drawings, watercolours, paintings and sculptures. We end with a look at The Charles Macdonald House of Centreville Society and its work preserving the life works of Charles and Mabel Macdonald.

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