Iron Cross
unveiled on 19 August 1924


Monument

Horton Landing
Kings County
Nova Scotia

GPS location:   45°06'44"N   64°17'26"W




Horton Landing: Iron Cross monument
The Iron Cross, as it appeared in 2003.

Photographed on 7 July 2003



Horton Landing: Former location of the Iron Cross monument
The bare patch of ground where the Iron Cross stood 1924-2005.

Photographed on 20 June 2005



Horton Landing: Former location of the Iron Cross monument
The Iron Cross, that stood near the railway for 81 years, is gone.

Photographed on 20 June 2005



Horton Landing: Iron Cross monument

Photographed on 18 May 2003



Horton Landing: Iron Cross monument, looking westward

Photographed on 7 July 2003



Horton Landing: Iron Cross monument
The Iron Cross is painted black all over. At 6:28am on July 7th, light from the
rising sun glints from the fresh paint to give the appearance that it is white.

Photographed on 7 July 2003



Horton Landing: Iron Cross monument looking northward with Cape Blomindon in the background
Looking northward with Cape Blomindon in the background

Photographed on 7 July 2003



Plaque on the Iron Cross monument
Plaque on the Iron Cross monument

Photographed on 7 July 2003



Windsor & Hantsport Railway
Eastbound freight train approaching the Iron Cross monument
Eastbound freight train with eight empty grain cars approaching (above)
and passing (below) the Iron Cross monument, 5:56pm 7 July 2003 Eastbound freight train passing the Iron Cross monument


Horton Landing: Iron Cross monument
Looking eastward in the early evening, along the
old main line track of the Dominion Atlantic Railway,
twenty minutes after the freight train had passed

Photographed on 7 July 2003



Map showing location of the Iron Cross monument
Map showing the location of the Iron Cross monument
Horton Landing, Kings County, Nova Scotia

Roads are shown as they were in 1952. Except for Highway 101, the
layout of the roads in 2002 has not changed much from that shown here.






Links to Relevant Websites

Deportation Cross St. Martinville, Louisiana
...A series of commemorative cross monuments will be designed and unveiled
in Atlantic Canada, the United States, France, England, the Caribbean
and Quebec, to mark those sites where Acadians landed after the Deportation...
    http://www.acadianmemorial.org/english/deportationcross.html


Cajun Life and Times, issue 33
... The original cross is in Grand Pre, Nova Scotia, and marks the site
of the embarkation of the Acadians in 1755.  A series of commemorative
cross monuments will be designed and unveiled in Canada, the United States,
France, England, the Caribbean, and Quebec.  These sites are where
the Acadians landed after the deportation...
    http://www.cajunlifeandtimes.com/lagniappe_issue33.htm

Replica Revives History: St. Martinville Cross Honors Grand Pre Exile
by Jim Bradshaw, The Daily Advertiser, Lafayette, Louisiana, 10 June 2003
...(The Grand Pre) cross memorializes events of early September 1755,
when transport ships began to assemble off of a shallow, marshy spit of land
near Grand Pre, Nova Scotia. They were there to receive longboats laden with
hundreds of Acadians who had been forcibly evicted from their ancestral lands
and were to be scattered around the world as penniless exiles. Nearly 170 years
later, in 1924, a large iron cross was dedicated at that embarkation point
about a mile from the Grand Pre church. Now, nearly 250 years later, an exact
duplicate stands next to Bayou Teche, where many of those exiled families
eventually found new homes. The cross in St. Martinville is the first of ten...
    http://www.acadiananow.com/news/html/
        CE5149E5-CA67-42B7-B1F1-CBB846332DD9.shtml

Acadian Memorial in St. Martinville, Louisiana

Workers lower the 20-foot Grand Pre replica
into place Monday [June 9th, 2003] along the banks
of the Bayou Teche in St. Martinville, Louisiana.
The Daily Advertiser, Lafayette, 10 June 2003



St. Martinville Honored as Memorial Cross Site
Editorial in The Advertiser, Lafayette, Louisiana, 15 June 2003
...In 1924, a large iron cross was dedicated at a point near Grand Pre,
where British ships carried the Acadians away from their land and in
many cases from family members.  The cross blessed by Bishop Jarrell
today is a replica of that one.  St. Martinville is the appropriate
place for the first of ten such replicas to be placed at points where
Acadians ended their tragic journey...
    http://www.acadiananow.com/ouropinion/html/
        4BC5958C-DCD3-4D7C-9C17-4722AB142C8B.shtml

Acadians Memorialize Ancestors' Tribulations
The Advocate (daily newspaper), Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 16 June 2003
...More than two centuries later, a simple iron cross stands beside
St. Charles Catholic Church in Grand Pre, Nova Scotia, as a memorial to
Le Grande Derangement, the 1755 deportation of the Acadians.  Last week,
a replica of that cross was erected in the garden of the Acadian Memorial
in St. Martinville, Louisiana.  On Sunday [June 15th, 2003] it was blessed
by the bishop of Lafayette and dedicated during a solemn ceremony in the
church built by the first Acadians who arrived here.  St. Martinville's cross is
the first of 37 planned for sites around the world where those deported
Acadians were dropped in 1755: England, France, the East Coast of America
and the islands in the Caribbean, said Christy Dugas Maraist, president of
the Acadian Memorial Foundation...
    http://www.2theadvocate.com/stories/061603/new_acadian001.shtml

Acadian Memorial in St. Martinville, Louisiana

New Iron Cross replica at the Acadian Memorial
in St. Martinville, Louisiana
The Advocate, Baton Rouge, 16 June 2003

The Wayback Machine has an archived copy of:
Acadians Memorialize Ancestors' Tribulations
The Advocate, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 16 June 2003


Archived: 2003 June 20
http://www.2theadvocate.com/
        stories/061603/new_acadian001.shtml


Note: The statement "a simple iron cross stands beside St. Charles
Catholic Church in Grand Pre, Nova Scotia" is a bit misleading.
If you go to the church in expectation that you will find the Iron Cross
close by, you will be disappointed.  They are more than a mile apart.

The Iron Cross is located at 45°06'44"N  64°17'26"W while
the church is at 45°06'35"N  64°18'44"W (both are GPS positions).

Thus the Iron Cross is 1.72 km (1.07 miles) from the Grand Pre church.



(1): French Cross painting by Alex Colville, 1988
    http://national.gallery.ca/exhibitions/past/alex_colville/
        english/visualpreview/frenchcross.html


(2): French Cross painting by Alex Colville, 1988
    http://www.artistsgarden.com/alex/prints/frenchcross.html


(3): French Cross painting by Alex Colville, 1988
    http://www.mermaidart.com/3502.html


Iron Cross in winter photograph by Shaun Lowe, 23 November 2003
    http://www.pbase.com/image/23576693.jpg







Photographs of War Memorials, Historic Monuments and Plaques in Nova Scotia
    /remem/plaques.html



Monument: 1747 Attack at Grand Pre Monument: 1747 Attack at Grand Pre Grand Pre
    /kingsco/attack1747.html


Planters monument Planters monument Horton Landing
    /kingsco/plantermon.html


Planters cairn, Town Plot, Starrs Point Planters cairn Town Plot, Starrs Point
    /kingsco/starrspt.html


Sir Robert Laird Borden monument Sir Robert Laird Borden monument Grand Pre
    /kingsco/borden_rl.html


Two Early Churches memorial stone Two Early Churches memorial stone Chipman Corner
    /kingsco/chipcnrm.html


Abraham Gesner monument Chipman Corner
    /kingsco/gesnermem.html


Prescott House, Starrs Point Prescott House Starrs Point
    /kingsco/prescottcr.html


Wellington Dyke, Starrs Point Wellington Dyke Starrs Point
    /kingsco/wlngtndyke.html


Canning: Ebenezer Bigelow shipyard monument Ebenezer Bigelow shipyard monument Canning
    /kingsco/bigelowyardm.html


Wolfville: 1967 Centennial Project 1967 Willow Park plaque Wolfville
    /kingsco/wolfwillow.html


Morden: French Cross monument French Cross monument Morden
    /kingsco/frenchcross.html


Fort Edward blockhouse Fort Edward blockhouse Windsor
    /hantsco/fortedward.html


Windsor Exhibition founded in 1765 Windsor Exhibition founded in 1765
    /hantsco/windex.html


Hants County war memorial Hants County war memorial Windsor
    /hantsco/hantsco2wwmem.html


Bloody Creek monument Monument: Bloody Creek 1757 Bloody Creek
    /annapco/bloodycrk.html


Acacia Villa School cairn Acacia Villa School monument Hortonville
    /kingsco/avschool.html


Wolfville war memorial Wolfville war memorial Wolfville
    /kingsco/wolfmem.html


Monument: Poutrincourt's 1607 Mill Poutrincourt's 1607 Mill monument LeQuille
    /annapco/lequille.html


Fort Point monument Fort Point monument LaHave
    /lunenco/lahavefpm.html


Charlos Cove historical plaque Charlos Cove historical plaque Charlos Cove
    /guysbco/charloshist.html



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Two new photographs installed:   2005 June 20