Three Mile Plains, Nova Scotia
Three Mile Plains, along with Five Mile Plains, was originally inhabited by African-American settlers who called it Windsor Plains. The community was also once called Seven Mile Plains.
Three Mile Plains contains two churches, Windsor Plains Baptist Church and the Anglican Parish of Avon Valley. It also has an elementary school for grades primary -6 as well as a community hall. Major roads include Underwood Road, Panuke Road, Old Halifax Road, Tongue Hill, Three Mile Plains Crossroads, Mountain Road, Windsor Back Road, and Highway 1.
Three Mile Plains District School
The current elementary school, Three Mile Plains District School, opened in 1963 with an initial enrollment of 300 students, which included children from Three Mile Plains and Five Mile Plains. The school was overcrowded and had to use the community centre to help accommodate the number of students. In the 1980s the school’s population started to decline because of a shrinking population in Three Mile Plains. In the 1990s the special education program closed, and the enrollment numbers fell again. In 2005, the school had an enrollment of 132 students; by 2007 it had risen to 160.
Five Mile Plains School
Five Mile Plains School was erected in 1945 and it became integrated in 1963. It was a one room school house for elementary students. Although this building isn’t used as an elementary school anymore it still stands and after the school closed it was briefly used as a community hall. Five Mile Plains had goals for students: “Respect Your Heritage, Respect Yourself, Respect Your Family”. They also had an anthem:
Cheer, Cheer, for old Five Mile Plains Wake up the Anthem, Cheer in its name. Lend your voices, cheer on high Shake down the thunder from the sky. What tough the odds, be great or small Old Five Mile Plains will win over all. Like our, loyal sons, We’re marching onward to victory!
- Marlene Gray was a nurse from Three Mile Plains.
- Dr George Elliot Clarke is a professor at the University of Toronto and a poet of African Canadian literature. He received the Governor General Award for his book of poetry “Execution Poems”
- Ted Upshaw was the first black member of the RCMP to be promoted to Inspector, he is the Superintendent of the RCMP for Northeast Nova Scotia.
- Clyde Gray was a boxer with 80 career fights with 69 wins. He competed in the Welterweight Division in the 1970s.
- David States is an historian for Parks Canada.
- Cora Gray and Madeline Sampson are both Church Deacons and Community leaders for the area of Three Mile Plains.
- The family of John Paris Sr. also resides in the community of Three Mile Plains.
- Lalia Kerr is a notable educator and children's author, still teaching at the local elementary.