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Foundations of the Past "The Umlah Farm"

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Hidden : 10/20/2002
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The Old St.Margaret’s Bay Road is a window to the past. Two prominent families used this road to bring vegetables and milk to the market in Halifax

The Umlah Farm was situated on the Old St. Margaret's Bay Road which is now part of Long Lake Provincial Park. In the 1860s John Umlah inherited the Long Lake grant and the Goodwood grant, 1000 acres in all, from John Wagner. Three generations of Umlahs lived in the old home with its large rooms and huge granite hearth. The Umlahs raised vegetables for the city market, cut and sold cordwood and ran a dairy farm in later years. In the 1950s the whole farm was expropriated by the Public Service Commission, the house and barns had to be demolished by the owners and the wells filled in.

The Old St.Margaret's Bay Road can be accessed from the Old Sambro Road AKA as "The 306". Using this access, to the road, will allow you to visit GCT6PE Old Orchard Part 1 & GCT6E8 and Triangle Cache part 2, both brought to you by Fergus Pals. There is an alternate access; "The Western Route" to the Old St. Margaret's Bay Road, however I have not attempted this entrance and can not provide any feedback on it's location or condition. WATERPROOF footwear is highly recommended for the trek during the spring month. A new CUT-OUT trail has been provided to circumnavigate the Splash Pond @ N44 36.573 W063 38.616. The trail is off to the right, follow the Surveyors ORANGE tape for the DRY route. As you walk on the road look for Artefacts, Several have been found on the side of the road. Such as; Blue Glass Bottles, Cutlery and Pottery dating from the late 1800. Once on site you will see one standing foundation which was the Farm House (Background Picture) Also you can see the Another Foundation which is located at N44 36.641 W63 39.036. This was a bunk house/stable for travelers and their horses, unfortunately someone decided to park their vehicle there. The most sought out location of this site is the DUMP area. Located at N44 36.629 W63 39.002 this will offer any Novice Archaeologist a window to the past. When this was a working farm, Garbage was NOT collected as we know today. When the farm was expropriated many items that could not make the trip back where buried here.  NOTE; please return the site to its original configuration. If you feel adventurous you can continue Westerly and Visit ANOTHER expropriated Farm (Coordinates UNKNOWN). The Umlah Farm Cache is a 5KM round trip Hike.


I wish to thank Marilyn Moore from The Mainland South Heritage Society who provided me with a great deal of information about the Umlah Farm and the great Services Her society provides to all budding local History buffs like Me. Also Mr Rod Lake, President of the Long Lake Provincial Park Association who made me rediscovers this GREAT park. Last but not the least Mr Terry Deveau whose pedigree is too long to mention, but his help and guidance was unparalleled

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