Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia, Canada

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NEW: Pictures of Rockville 2008

1. Kelley's Cove, Rockville, Sand Beech
2. Fisherman's Trail
3. A Bit About Rockville By Helen Larkin
4. Mr. Neil Purdy: Popsicle stick Boat

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Rockville is approximately a mile from Kelley's Cove, near Chebogue Point. The Indian name for Chebogue, "Utkubok", "a spring of water" included this area. This was formerly Lower Chebogue until the citizens chose the newer, descriptive name of Rockville. An early name was "Rocky Nook"

Kelley's Cove is a community just south of Yarmouth Sound. The Indian name for Chebogue, "Utkubok", "a spring of water" included this area, also. Another Indian name "Ulsebookt", "little harbour" would also apply. When the first settlers came, Little Harbour was the name used. The latter name is from one of the first settlers, Captain James Kelly ( or Kelley) who came from Manchester,Massachusetts about the year 1765.

Chebogue is considered by many to be the birthplace of Yarmouth. Also the two neigbouring communities of Rockville and Kellys cove have contributed greatly to the origin of the county of Yarmouth.  On June 9,1761 the first English settlers to lcome to Yarmouth landed at Town Point, which is located in Chebogue.The first settlers were a three families, all of whom were from Sandwich, Mass. The three families were the Perrys, Ellisses and the Landers. All of these family names can still be found throughout Yarmouth and Nova Scotia. The three families came across on the Pompey Dick. In 1761 the first English child in Yarmouth county was born to one of the founding families of Chebogue.

Chebogue has many interesting occurences that make the community unique. The infamous lupin that dots most of Nova Scotia was supposedly brought to Chebogue by a blind lady from Holland. From there the flower has spread everywhere. Many years ago some people ran across a spot that turned out to be a possible indian settlement or ancient burial ground.The first protestant church in Yarmouth was  built in Chebogue in 1766. In 1735 an incident happened that still brings world interest. At town point in chebogue a ship came in that was soaked in blood. There was one lone survivor, a women who told a tale of mystery and how many people were killed on board. There is an interesting monument in the Town Point that still still attracts many tourists from abroad. What attracts all this attention is a statue of a lady that is made entirely out of marble. According to legend the statue was made when a man went to Europe and saw a lady asleep in a wheat field , he thought that she was so beautiful that he decided to preserve her image forever.

 The neighboring communities of Rockville and Kellys Cove also have some unique incidents.In 1790 Sir James Pearl of Kellys Cove was Knighted by the royal family. In 1804 Senator Ezra Churchill was born, he is reportedly to be the richest man ever born in Nova Scotia.


A Bit About Rockville
Helen Larkin

The Small Community
I' m writing about Rockville to tell you a bit about my community. There's alot to do here and alot to see.I hope that you will enjoy my write up.

I live in a small community called Rockville is about a mile from Kelley's Cove near Chebogue Point. This was formerly lower chebogue until the citizens choose newer, descriptive name of Rockville. 

 K elly's Cove is a community just south of Yarmouth sound. The Indian name for Chebogue, "Utkubok" a spring of water included the area, also, another Indian name was "Ulsebookt," "little harbor" would also apply. When the first settlers came, little harbor was the name used. The later name is from one of the first settlers, Captain James Kelley, who came from Manchester, Massachusetts about year 1765. 

 I n Rockville the most popular occupation is fishing, probably seventy percent of the population who live here make there living by going fishing. There is two wharfs, (Kelley's Cove wharf and Town Pt. wharf). Town Pt. is the most common. 

T his community is made up of alot of old buildings, we have two churches, one of which that is not open anymore and the other is still in use. On Town Pt. there is a historical 
cemetery, you must of heard of the marble lady, well this is where she lays. Most of my family is burried in this cemetery, only a few is buried elsewhere.lady

T he house that we live in is ,ore than one hundred years old. Someone who lived in our house before us said there was a ghost that lived in the attic. If this is so we haven't been bothered yet. 

 Hot Or Cold?
T he weather here is okay if you like fog. Ha.Ha. In the summer it is always foggy and kind of cold. In the winter when the wind blows, the salt from the water blows onto the kitchen window as well as all our neighbours. On windy days the waves often blow over the Kelley's Cove wharf. The view of the water is very pretty, alot of tourists stop to take pictures, the sunset is popular because the colors in the sky reflect on the water. On clear days you can see all of the fishing boats, the ferry, and sometimes even sail boats. river

Clam Digging
If you like clams this is the place to come. Clam digging is quit fun. We go in the summer when there is nothing to do. I remember one summer I had no money and my brother told me to go calming with him that I could make twenty dollars in two hours. me Well I went and putthe hoe in the flats and got stuck. When I got out I fell in the soft flats and got covered from head to toe. Then my boots got full of water and my brother was pulling to get them off and when it finally came off I fell off the boat into the water. Well by the time I was done I said never again for money. The clam buyer got his laugh for the day, he seen it all from the wharf. Even though I had a bad experience I had fun. 

 We don't have to many wild animals around here, at least none that we have seen. About two-years ago a black bear was seen in a backyard by some neighbours and we were also told that there were coyotes on the trail. The trail by the way is a path from our friends house ( 2 houses up) to the Hilton Rd.. It is surrounded by alders and long grass but there is a warn out path from kids all the kids who use to play down there, making forts, driving 3-wheelers, bikes and dirt bikes. 

For some reason now when you say Rockville people think it is an awful place because of bad kids, well I shouldn't say bad because there not really bad they're just having fun. At Halloween when I was twelve and younger everyone had to watch there house carefully, nothing to destructive would happen just mostly soapy windows. Now all of the mischievous children are grown up now and don't go out on Halloween. 

 Lovely Neighbor's
This is a community where everyone knows everyone. We are very friendly people. Neighbours will always ask you over for supper and barbecues. There's lots of times that our neighbor will call us to go grocery shopping with her or go to one of her children's outings. Our close neighbours are very good friends of our family. Alot of the girls around her are very good friends of mine, of course Iv grown up with them. Lisa who lives next door use to come over every day when I was a baby and play with me. We have a photo album of me and her. The only thing people hate around here is you do something everyone will know about it. If you decide you want to live here, don't do anything wrong because you will automatically be talked about, Rockville is well known for gossip. 

I think what most of the adults with small children are looking for, is more teenagers to move in the neighbourhood because they need more baby-sitters. I was the most well known baby-sitter I hardly had no time for anything. People were calling me from Sand Beach all the way to Arcadia, every night almost I was gone to baby-sit. Now I have a job and no-one calls me, and if they do they probably wouldn't be able to get a hold of me, if Im not working I'm at a friends house in town. 

I really enjoy living here, When it comes time for me to live on my own I would like to live here. I even have the spot picked out, on the Hilton Rd. Ill have a better view of everything but I'll probably be colder. I think this would be a very nice spot to live but you have to be use to the weather. 


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