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    St. Patrick's Museum 1828St. Patrick's Museum Sydney, NB, Canada
    St. Patrick's Church is one and a half stories high, a gothic revival style stone structure that is located in Sydney, Nova Scotia, constructed between 1828 and 1830, and is the oldest standing Roman Catholic church in eastern Nova Scotia, with a small graveyard located next to it that began in 1798. The church is significant for its age and role in the history of the Roman Catholic church on Cape Breton Island, constructed because of the efforts of the area's first Roman Catholic parish priest, Henry MacKeagney. In 1828, the small congregation had raised enough funds to replace the original wooden church with the current stone one, but would continue to grow and grow until the congregation became too large for the small church to accommodate, so in 1855, renovations would start that added balconies on three sides and a raised sanctuary constructed on the south end. Then, again, in 1872, the congregation had outgrown this church as well, so they decided to build a larger church. Sacred Heart would be constructed and the congregation left St. Patrick's, but would come back in 1876 after a fire would destroy the new church. The congregation would continue going to St. Patrick's while another church was built, and afterwards would be used as the church hall. The church would eventually become more useful as the city grew and welcomed the Maronite community. These were Lebanese and Syrian families that had immigrated to Sydney in the early years of the 20th century. The vast majority of these folks were Maronites; members of one of the Eastern rites of the Catholic church, so, in 1912, the Lebanese Maronite community would start coming to this church led by Father Saoib. It is now thought that this was the first permanent place of worship for these people in the new world, but would eventually abandon the church after Saoib retired in 1950. The Old Sydney Society would start a museum in the old church to preserve it and the many relics kept there.

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    Fortress of Louisbourg Fortress of Louisbourg Sydney, Canada
    The Fortress of Louisbourg is a national historic site where a partial reconstruction of an 18th century French fortress at Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, to preserve the remains of a historic area that had been a big part of the imperial battles for what would eventually become Canada. The original fortress was constructed between 1720 and 1740 and became one of the most extensive and expensive European fortifications built in the new world. It would be supported by two small garrisons on Ile Royal that is now Englishtown and St. Peter's; and would suffer because of poor construction but not the quality, but rather the direction it would put the most defensive attributes on. The design would make it very strong toward sea-based attacks, but not from the land, which is exactly what happened in 1745 when British colonists would capture it and become a main bargaining chip in the negotiations that led to the 1748 Treaty that ended the War of the Austrian Succession and given back to France. In 1758, it would be captured by the British again in the Seven Years War, and after that it would be slowly destroyed by their engineers. During the 1960s, parts of the fort and town were reconstructed, using as much of the original stonework and also giving employment to unemployed coal miners. This fort would become the capital of Ile-Royale and situated on the coast of Cape Breton Island near the southeastern end. This point had been chosen because it afforded the best place to defend against invading ships, like the British that would try to head to Quebec City to attack it. Just south of the fort, there was a natural reef that gave a natural barrier, as the big island would be the perfect spot for a battery, that would force British ships to enter into the harbor through a five hundred foot channel.

May 4, 2011