A Subscribers Story
Editorial By: Anne (Dorey) Hare – Photography By: Christopher Cooper
In 1914, my grandfather, Richmond Dorey, built this little building for my grandmother Amy to operate as an ice cream parlour. My father, Albert Dorey, was eight years old at the time and this became a bit of a family business. My Aunt Beckie, told her daughter how, when she was fourteen years old, she would walk around the cove and pick up the cream from the dairy farmers to make the custard. This was put in a tin canister and set in a wooden ice cream maker.
Anne’s Aunt Rebecca (Beckie Dorey) strikes a pose in front of the Ice Cream Parlour c. 1919
My dad’s job, at eight, was to help pack the ice and rock salt in layers around the canister inside the bucket and grind the custard until it hardened. This job was done in the Ice House attached to the barn still on the property. The ice cream would then be kept cold in the Ice House until it was served.
Anne and Andy still have the original signs for the Ice Cream Parlour
The front room of this two-storey house is quite bright with large windows on three sides. Tables were set up in the front room with pressed back chairs from the Dominion Chair Company of Bass River, Nova Scotia. Ice cream was served in glass dishes.
In later years my father finished the upstairs of the little house and used it as a summer cottage. Now, with indoor plumbing, our daughters and their spouses have each lived in this house overlooking the beautiful Hubbards Cove on the South Shore of Nova Scotia. Hopefully our son will also have the same opportunity in the future.
Anne (Dorey) & Andy Hare
The ice-house is as in good a shape as it was nearly a hundred years ago
Again Beckie is with her mother Amy Dorey on the little verandah c. 1920
On this episode of Vintage Home (airing March, 2018)… I will be visiting Carla Emin in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia – Carla is living the proverbial Canadian dream of living in an old house that has been beautifully restored – with a successful business just steps from her back door.
Carla’s house Before & After
Another Before & After – Amazing how a few new shingles and a good paint job can breathe new life into a tired exterior.
Before and After of one of the outbuildings on the property – Carla had amazing vision when taking on this project.
I think this old barn is quite possibly the most amazing transformation! This is Carla’s business the Green Barn – she was able to see past the ruinous state of the old barn and bring it back from the brink!
A collage of some of the great finds in the Green Barn!
Carla’s house is literally just steps away from her business.
Make sure to drop by and have a visit with Carla at the Green Barn when you are visiting the Fundy Shore – tell her I sent you :0).