Kennetcook is a community in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, located in the Municipal District of East Hants. The community likely was named after the river that runs through it, Kennetcook River. Also see Upper Kennetcook.
After the American Revolution, the village was part of the Douglas Township, which was named after Sir Charles Douglas, 1st Baronet. The village was settled by the troops of the 84th Regiment of Foot (Royal Highland Emigrants) for their service in the war, protecting Nova Scotia from ongoing American Patriot attacks by land and sea.
The "Father of Canadian Poetry" Sir Charles G.D. Roberts wrote a fictional story that was set just before the Expulsion of the Acadians (1755). The story is an account of a Mi'kmaq raid on British settlers in Kennetcook entitled "Raid on Kennetcook" (alternatively titled "Raid from Beauséjour"). Roberts wrote the story in 1894 while he worked at University of King's College, which was then located in Windsor, Nova Scotia.
In 1953, Alden Nowlan graduated from the Folk School located in the Kennetcook Hotel (present-day Law Office).
Bridges and Transportation
Kennetcook is serviced by Routes 354 and 236 of the Nova Scotia highway system. Formerly, Kennetcook was also accessible by rail, when the Midland Railway (later part of the Dominion Atlantic Railway) was built through Hants County (1901), however the railway line was later abandoned.
Currently, efforts are underway to revitalize the downtown through development and implementation of an economic development plan. This development plan will include the construction of an amphitheatre, multi-purpose center, commercial development space and the re-construction of the covered bridge. Kennetcook was also known for its Douglas Township celebration every year.