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Digby County

Digby County is named for the township of Digby which was named for Rear Admiral Robert Digby, who was dispatched to convey the loyalists from New York to Conway in the spring of 1783.


County Created  :  August 17, 1759

County Seat:  

Annapolis Royal  1759 – 1837

Digby                   1837 – present


Courthouse – Digby


Location:  119 Queen Street / Church Street

Built:  1908 – 1910

Style:  Romanesque Revival

Architect:  Leslie R Fairn of Halifax

Contractor:  Joseph F Bent.


Description:  The building faces east and is a two story red coloured brick and stone structure. The building is located on a low hill on spacious landscaped grounds. The building features castle-like rounded turrets, topped with a conical roof, at each corner. The building also housed the county council chambers and the courtroom features a two-tier public gallery and the scales of justice carved into a wood panel above the judge’s bench. On the north side of the courthouse is the wood frame jail.


Note:  During construction of the courthouse, Eben Sabean was masonry supervisor, Crowe Brothers completed the plumbing and heating and J R Wilson completed the roofing.


See:  The architect  Leslie R Fairn of Halifax also designed courthouses in Kings County and in Northumberland County, New Brunswick.



N – Annapolis County

E – Queens County and Shelburne County

S – Yarmouth County

W – Bay of Fundy and New Brunswick




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Photos taken 2018