The Bell Family Album
This activity will not be offered in 2020. For more information, please visit our COVID-19 information page.
A presentation in photographs
This family of photographers has gifted us with a legacy of images that illustrate stories about the Bells’ lives at home and at work. Narrated by a member of our guide staff; come see these photos on the big screen!
We now offer two different versions of the Bell Family Album: Beinn Bhreagh and The Road to the HD-4
The Bell Family Album: Beinn Bhreagh
In 1885, Alexander Graham Bell and his wife Mabel first visited Baddeck, a sleepy little Maritime village, and a stark contrast to their home in busy Washington, DC.
They enjoyed visiting Baddeck so much that they returned the next year, and the next, and by 1893 had constructed a summer home on the peninsula overlooking the village.
Called Beinn Bhreagh, Gaelic for ‘beautiful mountain,’ this “cottage” had 37 rooms, eleven fireplaces, and over 400 acres of land. The Bell family has enjoyed summers at their estate ever since.
The family produced several avid photographers, and we’ve been left with a visual record of their time on the estate.
During this 30 minute presentation, a guide tells the story of the family – both personal and professional – with the assistance of these beautiful photos.
Beinn Bhreagh is still privately owned by the Bells’ descendants…so this presentation is the next best thing to being there!
$3.90 per person
The Bell Family Album: The Road to the HD-4
Bell was a meticulous record keeper. After spending eighteen years in court defending his claim as the inventor of the telephone, he learned his lesson, and he made sure to document his later work using photographs and notebooks.
The results of his meticulous record keeping are staggering – an amazing collection of photographs and records charting every step of his work.
These photographs are the highlight of The Road to the HD-4 presentation – a visual telling of the steps undertaken by Bell and his associate, Casey Baldwin, in their 15-year quest to develop a successful hydrofoil boat.
This quest culminated in the record-setting run of the HD-4 in 1919, when it became the fastest boat in the world, able to reach a speed of 114 kilometres per hour.
A guide will take you through the early experiments, the later triumphs, and the final goal to produce a hydrofoil craft that they hoped would make a decisive difference in the First World War.
See photographs and hear stories of foil materials, propeller prototypes, early experiments, and the people that helped along the way.
$3.90 per person