In 1779, the battery was erected in St. Mary’s to protect the coastal areas and the prominent fishing grounds from privateers. The Battery remained active through the Napoleonic Wars and the War of 1812. It remained active until 1815.
The Restoration Committee has worked hard to restore the site and create an interpretative park, which will attract a number of visitors to St. Mary’s as they trek around the Irish Loop on the Southern Shore.
The park has various benches to enjoy the view and the waterfront surroundings. There are picnics tables if you wish to bring a snack and lots of interpretative panels to learn more about the history of the area.
There is a copy of the HMS Proteus, where you can get your photo taken and a number of directional arrows of local communities and those far away. The playground is dedicated to Sister Elizabeth Bonia, who is in her 100th year and a former resident of the community.
The park is also a starting point if you wish to walk to Gulch Beach and Gaskiers-Point La Haye. I certainly was impressed with the beauty along the hike. Be sure to visit this park when in St. Mary’s.
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