Middleton, Nova Scotia
|Motto: The Heart of the Valley|
|Incorporated||May 31, 1909|
|• Mayor||Calvin Eddy|
|• Governing Body||Middleton Town Council|
|• MLA||Stephen McNeil (L)|
|• MP||Greg Kerr (C)|
|• Land||5.44 km2 (2.10 sq mi)|
|Elevation||21 m (69 ft)|
|• Density||321.6/km2 (833/sq mi)|
|Time zone||AST (UTC−4)|
|Telephone Exchange||309, 363, 824, 825, 840|
Founded by New England Planters, it functions as a local service centre for the surrounding agricultural district.
The town was located on the Dominion Atlantic Railway's (DAR) mainline from Halifax to Yarmouth and was also served by CN Rail's line from Bridgewater to Bridgetown (and on to Victoria Beach). CN Rail abandoned its line through Middleton in 1982; it had formerly been the Nova Scotia Central Railway (NSCR). The DAR abandoned its mainline through the town in March 1990, following the January 15, 1990, abandonment of the Evangeline passenger train service by Via Rail. The abandoned DAR and CN railway lines are currently owned by the Government of Nova Scotia and used as recreational trails. The old railway station is now a railway museum operated by the Futureview TREA.
Middleton is home to 2 public schools: Annapolis East Elementary School serves grades Primary-5, and Middleton Regional High School serves grades 6-12. The town is also home to a Nova Scotia Community College campus.
Soldiers Memorial Hospital is located in the town and provides tertiary care services for the eastern part of Annapolis County. The provincial government is funding construction of a new 50-bed nursing home in the town which is scheduled to open in late 2009.
Middleton is home to the Annapolis Valley MacDonald Museum, which is housed in the original Macdonald Consolidated School. This school, founded in 1903, was the first consolidated school in Canada, established with a grant from the Macdonald Tobacco Company of Montreal. The museum has many travelling exhibits, and is the home of the Nova Scotia Museum Clock collection.
Festivals and events
Middleton hosts an annual three day festival called "Heart of the Valley Days" every summer, during the month of July.
Middleton Farmers' Market was founded in 2008. It is held every Friday during the Summer and Fall in the park across from the Town Office from 3 pm to 7 pm. The Market is a non-profit member-run organization of market vendors and individuals from our community.
Middleton has an official town crier who has performed his functions for the town since 1984. He has attended all Heart of The Valley parades and attended town crier competitions in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, England and Belgium on behalf of the town. In 1988 he organized and hosted the first Heart of the Valley International Town Criers Challenge. In 2009, as part of Middleton's centenary celebrations, the second Heart of the Valley International Town Criers Challenge was held.
- Hanson Taylor Dowell, MLA, Judge, President of CAHA
- Frank R. Elliott, political figure
- Obediah Parker Goucher, former mayor
- Carlyle Lewis, Missouri Mavericks (Professional Hockey)
- Cail MacLean, hockey coach
- John D. McKenzie, businessman and politician
- Mona Louise Parsons - member of the Dutch resistance, WW2
References and notes
- School/museum history
- Town of Middleton (Annapolis County)
- Map of the Town of Middleton
- Middleton Farmers' Market
- FV TREA Memory Lane Railway Museum
- AVHS MacDonald Museum