Port Williams, Nova Scotia

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Port Williams
Official seal of Port Williams
A Progressive Community
Port Williams is located in Nova Scotia
Port Williams
Port Williams
Location of Port Williams in Nova Scotia
Coordinates: 45°05′52″N 64°24′34″W / 45.09778°N 64.40944°W / 45.09778; -64.40944Coordinates: 45°05′52″N 64°24′34″W / 45.09778°N 64.40944°W / 45.09778; -64.40944
Country Canada
Province Nova Scotia
CountyKings County
 • ChairLewis Benedict
 • Governing BodyPort Williams Village Commission
Highest elevation
14 m (46 ft)
Lowest elevation
0 m (0 ft)
 • Total1,120[1]
Time zoneUTC-4 (AST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-3 (ADT)
Postal code
B0P 1T0
Area code(s)902
Telephone Exchange542
  • Median household income, 2005 ($) (all households)

Port Williams is a Canadian village in Kings County, Nova Scotia. It is located on the north bank of the Cornwallis River. The village is named in honour of Sir William Fenwick Williams, who fought in the Siege of Kars (which is the namesake of Kars Street, Port Williams). Williams became the first post Canadian Confederation Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia. As of 2016, the population was 1,120.[2]

The village is located on the Cornwallis River, which was named after Edward Cornwallis, first governor of Nova Scotia.[3]


On the sides of the Cornwallis River are the dykes that were created by the Acadians, beginning in the late 1600s. These dykes protect valuable farm land that is used by the local agriculture industry every year, and is considered very productive farm land.

Monument to Samuel Bayard of the King's Orange Rangers, Middleton Park, Middleton, Nova Scotia, Canada

During the American Revolution the threat of American privateer attacks had subsided and the local fortification Fort Hughes (Nova Scotia) was decommissioned in 1780. In the spring of 1781, Samuel Bayard (promoted to major on February 9, 1781) was ordered to take a detachment of King's Orange Rangers overland from Halifax to Cornwallis (near present-day Port Williams) to overawe local Planters who were planning to erect a Liberty Pole and thereby break with the King. There they fixed bayonets and "with bright weapons glittering, colours flying and drums beating, they marched up Church Street and back to Town Plot, where the barracks stood." This show of force brought the locals back in line. Bayard took an interest in the Annapolis Valley, and after the war he took up a grant of 4,730 acres at Wilmot Mountain.[4]

The reputation of the Regiment grew in these later years. A few months before disbandment, Brigadier-General Henry Edward Fox expressed:

... the great satisfaction he has received in seeing the two provincial battalions of Royal N.S. Volunteers and the King's Orange Rangers, and highly approves of their discipline and military appearance ...[5]

The King's Orange Rangers were disbanded in the autumn of 1783.

In the days of sailing the river was used extensively to bring ships into the port to transport apples, lumber and potatoes, to be shipped to the world market, specifically Great Britain.[3] In 1972 the government gave $100,000 to renovate the wharf. Three years later the widest ship to dock at Port Williams brought a load of soybean meal to the port from Chicago.[3]

Local attractions[edit]

The Port Pub on Kars Street/Terrys Creek Road was founded by residents of the village for a place to gather and have a drink.[6] The pub prides itself on using only local suppliers, with some only 5 km away from the pub.[6]

The Fox Hill cheese house is located very close to Port Williams. It was founded in 2004 by a local dairy farmer, and has since grown to become a very well known cheese producer.[7] It uses fresh milk to make cheese, yogurt,and gelato.[7]

The village is home to Port Williams Elementary School, located on Belcher Street. The school was built in 1966, and includes a gymnasium, modern music room and many class rooms.[8]


Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ Canada, Government of Canada, Statistics. "Census Profile, 2016 Census - Port Williams [Population centre], Nova Scotia and Nova Scotia [Province]". www12.statcan.gc.ca. Retrieved 2017-02-08.
  2. ^ Canada, Government of Canada, Statistics. "Census Profile, 2016 Census - Port Williams [Population centre], Nova Scotia and Nova Scotia [Province]". www12.statcan.gc.ca. Retrieved 2017-02-08.
  3. ^ a b c "Village of Port Williams - Our History". www.portwilliams.com. Retrieved 2016-12-01.
  4. ^ "King's Orange Rangers", John G. Leefe, Liverpool 1996, pp 12-13
  5. ^ Piers, Harry; "The Fortieth Regiment, Raised at Annapolis Royal in 1717; and Five Regiments Subsequently Raised in Nova Scotia"; Collections of the Nova Scotia Historical Society, vol. XXI, Halifax, NS, 1927, p 163
  6. ^ a b "The Port Pub - About Us". www.theportpub.com. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  7. ^ a b "About Fox Hill Cheese House". www.foxhillcheesehouse.com. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  8. ^ "Home | Port Williams Elementary School". www.pwes.ednet.ns.ca. Retrieved 2016-12-01.

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