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Memories of Oyster Pond's Village Store: 1891-1975
Memory Lane Heritage Village
Lake Charlotte , Nova Scotia


   For 84 years the Hosking
General Store served the
coastal community of Oyster
Pond, Nova Scotia in the care
of three generations of
storekeepers: Mrs. Florence
Mitchell (1891-1918), "Willie
O" Mitchell (1918-49) and
finally, Garth & Mildred
Hosking (1949-75).

   Typical of a village
store, the Store sold
everything under one roof.
And yet in this community the
Store did not have a
monopoly. It faced
competition from several
other stores, mail order
catalogues, local and
traveling peddlers of meat,

vegetables and butter. Even
tougher competition came from
vessels that carried goods
directly from farmers or
warehouses in Halifax.
   The images in this
exhibit paint a memorable
picture of life in Oyster
Pond. More importantly, the
Store’s records reveal the

changes in lifestyle in
Oyster Pond over 84 years.
Discover who lived in Oyster
Pond, what they bought, and
when they paid off their
credit. These records also
provide insight into the
business practices of each
storekeeper, the Store’s
suppliers, and how

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