We stayed for a few days at the Prospect Village Bed and Breakfast, while in the area for our daughter’s wedding. (See my blog entries for November 15 and 16, 2011.) Our hosts Rosalee Peppard Lockyer and Allan Lockyer shared the colourful history of this Bed and Breakfast, through conversations over breakfast and a written history left in each guest room.
In 1906, the Sisters of Charity left Prospect, unable to support the convent; the school was closed. From 1909-1911, it became a “Glebe” or residence for priests who had ministered to this parish since its inception in 1794. The cross was erected beside the house, on an old graveyard and original church site, to commemorate the 200th anniversary in 1994.
In 1917-1918, it became an orphanage for children whose parents died in the Halifax Explosion.
In 1926, it was again sold; this time to Margaret Young who operated it as a hotel into the late 1940’s. Bob Lanigan was a teen when he worked here as a helper in 1932. In August 2006, he told a story that Margaret could cook the halibut and haddock he’d catch, in a dozen different ways but she admonished him that besides her staples of potatoes and carrots, she had only two things on the dinner menu: Take it or Leave it!
In 1950, a group of recreational fishing enthusiasts bought it for the Salt Water Fishing Club. In 1989, it was sold and subsequently converted into a Bed and Breakfast. In 2006, Rosalee Peppard Lockyer and Allan Lockyer purchased and now share this marvellous and miraculous place with folks who seek accommodations in
. Prospect Village
Rosalee and Allan have retained the character of this 4 1/2 Star Bed and Breakfast by including luxurious linens, Nova Scotia paintings and art, Red Oak floors, handmade soaps and crèmes, organic regionally-sourced breakfasts, handcrafted furnishings, live music and unparalleled Maritime hospitality.
In recent years, the Prospect Village Bed and Breakfast has been featured in the National Geographic Magazine in an article on
, in movies such as Baby starring Farrah Fawcett and Jean Stapleton, in Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas with Christina Applegate and in a documentary for TV on the fateful Swissair Flight 111. Nova Scotia
Professional singer and songwriter of Maritime heritage, Rosalee Peppard http://www.rosalee.ca/ sings and tells stories with guests in the evening. She and Allan began the KITCHEN concert series in November 2006. Because Rosalee’s singing talents and oral “herstory” skills are in ever increasing demand, they are planning to sell this historic property…perhaps to another couple who could cherish the scenery and history of this unique property on
Prospect Bay, an easy drive to Peggy’s Cove and to downtown . Halifax
We enjoyed our recent stay at the Prospect Village Bed and Breakfast. Were impressed with the warmth, charm and ambiance of the place, as well as the gentle grace with which Rosalee and Allan share Maritime hospitality. It was a superb location for an intimate wedding!
We’ll stay there again!
Many times, we hope!