By the 1760s an English fishing base had been established at the former Acadian settlement. The 19th century saw industries connected with the fisheries, such as shipbuilding and sawmills, become an important part of the LaHave River economy, while farming remained a support industry. At this time the centre of development shifted upriver to BRIDGEWATER. Most of the early industries are gone, replaced with tourism including cottages for rent near sandy beaches. A cable ferry (in service since 1832) takes passengers and vehicles across the river to East LaHave. The Fort Point Museum, previously a lighthouse keeper's home, stands on the site of the French fort and settlement (designated a national historic site in 1924). Today, many of the residents are of German descent.
Author JEAN PETERSON
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