Richardson, Harriette Taber National Historic Person

Lower Granville, Nova Scotia
Plaque of Harriette Taber Richardson (© Parks Canada)
Harriette Taber Richardson
(© Parks Canada)
Address : Port Royal National Historic Site, Lower Granville, Nova Scotia

Recognition Statute: Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
Designation Date: 1949-05-30
Life Date: 1951 to 1951

Other Name(s):
  • Richardson, Harriette Taber  (Designation Name)

Importance: Chief proponent of the reconstruction of the Port Royal Habitation

Plaque(s)


Existing plaque: on a cairn Port Royal NHSC Port Royal National Historic Site, Lower Granville, Nova Scotia

A frequent visitor to this region and a devoted student of its history, Harriette Taber Richardson of Cambridge, Massachusetts, conceived the idea that l'habitation should be rebuilt by the descendants of the New Englanders and Virginians who had destroyed the original in 1613. To this end she organized the "Associates of Port Royal" in 1928. Although the depression curtailed her initial efforts, Mrs. Richardson kept the idea of reconstruction alive until the Government of Canada undertook the project in 1938. She continued to take an active interest in the site until her death in 1951.