The large provincial park features the following: campground; golf course and clubhouse; swimming pool; historic Acadian/Scottish cemetery; the Belle River Church of Scotland and the Caledonia Club Crofthouse. Below: looking over the Belfast Highland Greens Golf Course.
Below: The Belle River Church of Scotland, built in 1876. The church was no longer needed and moved in to the park from Belle River in the late 1990's. The interpreter, Audrey, told us about the historic site and church and the area - she represents the Belfast Historical Society.
Below: the west /front view.
The church is very simple in design and character.
Below: the South / right side view.
Below: the East /rear view.
Below: exterior detailing of window casing and sill.
The first Scottish settlers were brought to this area by Lord Selkirk in August 1803 on the ship "Polly" - these settlers were known as "The Selkirk Settlers". This Acadian cemetery became the resting place for many of those early Scottish settlers and was lost to time and an overgrown with forest until a few years ago when it was cleared and restored to its present state. The Historical Society was presented with an award for this restoration project.
Those early Scottish settlers established the community we see here today and built their first church in 1824 - St. John's Presbyterian Church, Belfast (see below). The church was built in the Neoclassical architectural style which resembles the designs of Sir Christopher Wren of London, England. It was designed and constructed by Robert Jones who kept a detailed journal of his work - the journals survived and remain in the Jones family today.
I took these photos last spring, not this past weekend, although the rain and temperature here today feels more like late fall than mid summer!!
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