These are just some of the photos taken by Archie MacLellan for the 200th anniversary of the landing at Town Point of the founder of Antigonish, Colonel Timothy Hierlihy. If you find yourself in these photos, please identify yourself by responding in the comment box. You will see Mayor Colin Chisholm, Bishop William Power, Eileen Cameron Henry, Rev. Ralph Weber, J. K. MacDonald, Ray MacLean, Angus MacQuarrie.
The first Heritage Walk for Health took place at the Church of England memorial site for Timothy Hierlihy and his company of Loyalist soldiers and their families over the summer of 2014. It took the form of a theatrical pilgrimage, and in the spirit of popular theatre, as its title 1784: (Un)Settling Antigonish suggests, we drew our performers from the cultural groups of the characters they represented. The performers took ownership of the script, speaking truth to history and challenging the Eurocentric written history of the founding of Antigonish. In so doing, they challenged the very concept of historical re-enactment, which in the 1984 version leaves Mi’kmaq and Black Loyalists out of Antigonish’s founding story.
Descendents of Colonel Timothy Hierlihy responded to these photos, noting that in the 1984 re-enactment, Colonel Timothy Hierlihy was played by John Douglas O’Hara. We are not sure what daughter Kathleen O’Hara means when she says her Dad was the last living descendant of Col. Hierlihy. Granddaughter Bernadine MacLean adds that his mother, her great-grandmother, was Anna Mae Hierlihy.