David discussed the history of two of Dartmouth's most well-known heritage homes and outlined his vision for a new, purpose-built history museum for Dartmouth and his idea, shared with many, for a Downtown Dartmouth Heritage District.
Quaker House, also known as the Quaker Whaler House, is the oldest known building in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. It was built in 1786 for William Ray, a cooper and sailor from Nantucket. The Quaker Whalers (approximately two dozen families belonging to the Society of Friends, as opposed to the oft cited forty) came to Dartmouth in 1785-1786 to establish a new base for their lucrative whaling industry post American Revolution. The British Government had recently imposed heavy tariffs on whale oil and the Quaker Whalers avoided these tariffs by setting up in British territory. Names of prominent Dartmouth Quaker families included Coleman, Starbuck and Folger.
|Today's Canada Post office at the Corner of Queen and King Street in Downtown Dartmouth stands on the site of the original Quaker Meeting House which was torn down in the early 19th Century.|
|Quaker Whaler House (1786), a crucial part of the Dartmouth Heritage Museum complex, anchors the historic character of Dartmouth's beautiful Ochterloney Street, It is open to visitors during the summer tourist season.|