Proud of our Heritage

About Enfield:

There are many old family names in and around Enfield. Some of the names associated with Enfield over the years have been:  Horne, Donaldson, MacDonnell, Benere, King, O’Neill, Sheridan, and MacDowell.

In many cases, you will find that a lot of these people are now related if you go back a few generations..

Enfield became a village comparatively late in the History of Nova Scotia, it does not appear in any early census of the Province.  Early people living in the area were probably listed under Nine Mile River, Douglas  Township or "The Crossing".

Brown's "Place Names of Nova Scotia" says Enfield was named at a Public Meeting, called at Malcolm's Pottery in 1862.  The name was suggested by Thomas Donaldson, after his home town Enfield, in the Connecticut River Valley.  It was previously known as "The Crossing".

It might be dated from the time Benjamin Franklin was given a grant of land. Mr. Franklin was a member in the First Council of Government in 1758. No grants were given until after 1760, so it was sometime after this date, that he was granted land which is now a part of Enfield.

This grant only took in land on the side of the Shubenacadie River opposite the main part of the present village.  Mr. Franklin hired a man named Mr. Hall to take charge of this grant, and operate a Wayside Inn.

Another grant was given to a man by the name of Uniacke.  This grant included 1100 acres of land, which fronted on Grand Lake East.  This land is now owned by several men of which Mr. Arch McDonell and Mr. Edward C. McDonell are included.

Another grant of land was given to Jacob Horne Sr., a German who enlisted in the 42nd Highland Regiment.  He had a little coasting vessel running out of New York in 1758 - at which time the British came to Halifax to take Louisburg.  Since Horne was familiar with the coast of Nova Scotia, he accompanied General Wolfe as a pilot, fighting under him at Quebec in 1759.  After the end of the war in 1763 he returned to Halifax.  H. H. Hewitt, in his paper on McNab's Island, stated that Jacob, on applying for a grant of land, was given the choice between McNab's Island, and a large grant on the Eastern Mainland.  He chose the Island and built a log house on it. Finding the Island inconvenient for taking cattle to the Halifax Market, he gave up his possessions and received a grant on the Mainland at Eastern Passage.

His son, Andrew Horne was the first settler in Enfield District clearing a farm in the wilderness near the lock at Horne Settlement.

Enfield became a village comparatively late in the History of Nova Scotia, it does not appear in any early census of the Province.  Early people living in the area were probably listed under Nine Mile River, Douglas Township or "The Crossing".

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Thank you.

Welcome to Enfield, NS

The Enfield Heritage Centre Association would like to acknowledge and thank

The E. H. Horne School Preservation Society for their continued support

in providing a home for the Heritage Centre at the E. H. Horne School.

Both organizations share a strong interest in preserving the heritage of out community

and are working together to achieve this common goal.

Special thanks also to Democracy 250  for providing equipment to assist us in carrying out our goals.

Preserving our Heritage  - Promoting our Community

Check out our Albums

for photos of Enfield

and surrounding areas.

We are seeking new members

to the Enfield Heritage Centre Association.

If you are interested in further information,

please call (902) 883-8033.

The following letter was published in The Weekly Press as a “Letter to the Editor.”

Unfortunately our community has now lost

The Weekly Press, which will be missed by many.

If any teacher, girl guide or scout leader,

or any other group,

would like to make arrangements for your class,

or group, to visit the Enfield Heritage Centre, please contact us to make arrangements.

We would love to show you around.

The Enfield Heritage Centre Association would like to take this opportunity to invite new members to join our group.
We are a small, but dedicated group, who have a strong desire to preserve our heritage, promote our community, and spread the word that Enfield is a great place to live and raise a family.

The Women’s Institute of Nova Scotia (WINS), Enfield Branch, founded the Enfield Heritage Centre, which was housed in the former Untied Church in Enfield.  With the passing of years and the aging of members, declining health among members, and the deterioration of the building, the WINS found that they could no longer maintain the Enfield Heritage Centre.

The newly formed E. H. Horne School Preservation Society approached the WINS offering space in the E. H. Horne School building to house the Enfield Heritage Centre. This offer was welcomed and the Heritage Centre found a new home. 
Each year we hold an “Open House” at the Enfield Heritage Centre.  It is also open other times upon request. We also have two annual teas, which are held at the Enfield Legion.  Our Strawberry Social/Tea is held in July, and our Christmas Tea and Bake Sale is held in early December.  The teas are held at the Legion as the Enfield Heritage Centre cannot accommodate the numbers in attendance. Also, the Legion is accessible which allows all who wish to attend. The support of the community for these events is gratefully appreciated. Without such support, we would not be able to host these events. 

The website, ( has been a tremendous success. We are pleased that it is reaching people near and far.  We have heard from people from various parts of the country.

The Enfield Heritage Centre appreciates the steadfast support of the E.H.Horne School Preservation Society and the Royal Canadian Legion, Montgomery Br 133. 
The WINS has always maintained a strong bond with the current Enfield Heritage Centre. Their input and support has been most welcome.  As membership in the WINS has declined drastically over the years, mainly due to age and illness, they can no longer be involved with Enfield Heritage Centre.

We now find ourselves in a position where the membership in the Enfield Heritage Centre Association is declining in numbers.  In order to continue, and to maintain the present Enfield Heritage Centre, we require new members.

The Enfield Heritage Centre, is located at  the E.H.Horne School Community Centre, 248 Highway 2, Room 301, Enfield, NS 

Please consider becoming a member of the Enfield Heritage Centre Association and helping us to maintain this valuable venue in our community. For further information, please call (902) 883-8033, or e-mail:

Marie McKeen                                                                                                                                                           Enfield Heritage Centre Association


Edmund “E H” Horne

St. Bernard’s Church. Enfield,  NS

At Mary/Tom McKeen’s  Enfield, NS

Fall at Monte Vista, Enfield, NS

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Celebrate your community!
Always be thankful for those who came before us 
and helped to make our community what it is today.

The Enfield Heritage Centre Association

wishes to thank the following

for their continued support of our endeavours:

E H Horne School Preservation Society

Montgomery Br 133 (Enfield) of the Royal Canadian Legion

MADD East Hants

St. Bernard’s Parish

Thank You!

Until further notice,

the Enfield Heritage Centre will be closed

due to COVID-19.

All meetings and programs of the Enfield Heritage Centre have been put
“ On Hold” until such time as the pandemic has been brought under control.

Sad to be missing our Strawberry Tea this summer,

and now our Christmas Tea

Please -  Stay home and Stay safe.

Below are links to a few COVID-19 songs that you may enjoy.

E H Horne School

Let us always remember 
those who came before us
 and especially those who worked 
for the benefit our community.