History of Prospect Village

The history of Prospect is a long involved history that touches on every aspect of the broader movements and events happening in Nova Scotia throughout the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Unfortunately, the Prospect area has never been given the formal treatment other areas in Halifax County have been given when it comes to the writing of a formal history. Throughout the years local school children have collected oral histories and efforts to compile bits of the area's history have taken place. The chapters below attempt to make the history of the Prospect area available to all in a formal, academic, yet interesting format. This is a work in progress that will be updated when new information is available and/or if there are any conflicting opinions about what is presented. Remember that this history is being written based on historical documents and sources available to the public, secondary sources and those oral bits of history that have been passed down through the generations. This is my attempt to piece it all together. I hope you enjoy.


Significant Events

Year Description
1754 First settled
1773 250 people living in the area called Prospect
1794 First Roman Catholic church built in the village of Prospect
1812 The Prospect road from Halifax is built
1823 Church records are started
1827 307 people living in Prospect
1838 363 people living in Prospect
1856 Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic church built to house the growing population
1867 Prospect village outright votes against Confederation
1871 Population of Prospect reaches 856 souls
1873 Sisters of Charity open a convent
1881 1135 people are listed as living in the area known as Prospect
1891 662 people live in Prospect
1901 465 people live in Prospect
1921 Our Lady of Mount Carmel catches fire and burns to the ground
1922 Our Lady of Mount Carmel is rebuilt
1947 First street light
1959 Atlantic Memorial Elementary School opens in Shad Bay. The school in Prospect is closed
1994 200 years since the founding of the Catholic church