New Ross celebrates its 200th birthday

For many, marking the 200th anniversary of the founding of New Ross was another reason to return to a place that “will always be home.”

Hundreds of people gathered in New Ross on Saturday to officially celebrate the village’s bicentennial.

On August 7, 1816, Irish Captain William Ross brought 172 soldiers from the war of 1812 to settle in Nova Scotia’s interior.

They were given land grants along a newly burned road between Chester and Kentville. That same path — now Route 12 — was followed Saturday by Premier Stephen McNeil, Lieutenant Governor John Grant and others to get to the event. At that time the village was called Sherbrooke and later renamed New Ross.

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