After the Battle of Culloden in 1746 - which was an attempt by the Scottish Highlanders to return the Stuarts to the British throne - was won by England, the Highlanders were stripped of their land, their leaders, their arms and even their kilts and bagpipes. The hardship that followed led many Highlanders to emigrate to other countries. While the families who came over on the Hector were not the first group of Scottish to come to Nova Scotia, they were a fairly large group of Highlanders and Pictou, where they landed, is known as “the birthplace of New Scotland”.
The site includes an exact replica of the Hector, a very nicely done museum, a carpentry shop, blacksmith shop and carving shop.
The museum is accessible. The ship and the workshops are not due to steps, narrow passageways and large gravel.
RVs can park along the street or in the parking lot at the west end of Caladh Ave. near the boat dock. Museum