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Letter: Cox Warehouse is “the Real Deal”    

The Cox Warehouse.
The Cox Warehouse.

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In my opinion the Cox Warehouse is a very important piece of a big picture. This area is one of the most significant wooden built 1700’s homes and structures inventory, left in North America. As an example, when one sees a drawing of Halifax back in the 1700’s, one unfortunately finds all of these buildings are gone. What we have here is a very unique economic development opportunity. We are both fortunate and burdened with the responsibility to protect, preserve and promote this district, indeed this Counties wooden built heritage. It is unique. Heritage is a gift given to us by the people who were here before us, to prosper from, for a small investment.

Over the last number of years it has come to light the Shelburne Historical Society really needs and deserves some help with the Cox Warehouse, ownership, upkeep and marketing. Many, many people have worked over the years on this Store, trying to make it viable. There are many records in files of all the projects tried. From forming a Craft Co-Op and running the businesses in the store and the list goes on & on.  This organization through a dedicated changing cast of players and number of volunteers has accomplished much since 1986 and should be supported and at this point we have never been closer to making it work, let’s not mess this up now or shame on us.

Someone has to take responsibility for the big picture.

The easy route would be to basically sell it as was done with the Boys School and the Navy Base and hope that a private individual would do something with it. We have seen how unsuccessful this has been with those two facilities.

People for tearing it down, are interested in development and the Town of Shelburne needs to increase its tax base. Like the Boys School and Navy base there are no guarantees associated with this tack.

The Cox Store is surrounded by public lands we use for many public functions such as Founders Days and many more festivals and events. This quality of life has attracted many new people who have gotten involved with our Community, volunteering, paying taxes and contributing in many ways.

Some excerpts from the Town’s ICSP document that pertain to the situation now going on in the Town of Shelburne.

“A community’s physical environment is a result of choices made, and in terms of built properties and infrastructure, these choices have long-lasting financial, environmental, social and cultural consequences.

The historic waterfront designation is designed to protect the character of the established and compact collection of historic buildings along waterfront.

A few people understand or believe in the huge unique attraction we have here. Some other people seem to believe Louisburg and the Citadel in Halifax are examples of huge unique attractions. Both of these federally sponsored attractions while being wonderful attractions are not original, they are recreations of the past. “Shelburne County is the Real Deal”

Shelburne County has an under marketed array of unique cultural and heritage products which there is nothing comparable to in North America.  A stunning array of 1700’s original wooden built houses and a store in Shelburne’s Historic District are not to be rivaled. Many more of these “original” houses and meeting halls are all over the Town of Shelburne and the County of Shelburne. Shelburne County needs to brand itself “The Real Deal”

Bob Sniden

Shelburne

 

 

In my opinion the Cox Warehouse is a very important piece of a big picture. This area is one of the most significant wooden built 1700’s homes and structures inventory, left in North America. As an example, when one sees a drawing of Halifax back in the 1700’s, one unfortunately finds all of these buildings are gone. What we have here is a very unique economic development opportunity. We are both fortunate and burdened with the responsibility to protect, preserve and promote this district, indeed this Counties wooden built heritage. It is unique. Heritage is a gift given to us by the people who were here before us, to prosper from, for a small investment.

Over the last number of years it has come to light the Shelburne Historical Society really needs and deserves some help with the Cox Warehouse, ownership, upkeep and marketing. Many, many people have worked over the years on this Store, trying to make it viable. There are many records in files of all the projects tried. From forming a Craft Co-Op and running the businesses in the store and the list goes on & on.  This organization through a dedicated changing cast of players and number of volunteers has accomplished much since 1986 and should be supported and at this point we have never been closer to making it work, let’s not mess this up now or shame on us.

Someone has to take responsibility for the big picture.

The easy route would be to basically sell it as was done with the Boys School and the Navy Base and hope that a private individual would do something with it. We have seen how unsuccessful this has been with those two facilities.

People for tearing it down, are interested in development and the Town of Shelburne needs to increase its tax base. Like the Boys School and Navy base there are no guarantees associated with this tack.

The Cox Store is surrounded by public lands we use for many public functions such as Founders Days and many more festivals and events. This quality of life has attracted many new people who have gotten involved with our Community, volunteering, paying taxes and contributing in many ways.

Some excerpts from the Town’s ICSP document that pertain to the situation now going on in the Town of Shelburne.

“A community’s physical environment is a result of choices made, and in terms of built properties and infrastructure, these choices have long-lasting financial, environmental, social and cultural consequences.

The historic waterfront designation is designed to protect the character of the established and compact collection of historic buildings along waterfront.

A few people understand or believe in the huge unique attraction we have here. Some other people seem to believe Louisburg and the Citadel in Halifax are examples of huge unique attractions. Both of these federally sponsored attractions while being wonderful attractions are not original, they are recreations of the past. “Shelburne County is the Real Deal”

Shelburne County has an under marketed array of unique cultural and heritage products which there is nothing comparable to in North America.  A stunning array of 1700’s original wooden built houses and a store in Shelburne’s Historic District are not to be rivaled. Many more of these “original” houses and meeting halls are all over the Town of Shelburne and the County of Shelburne. Shelburne County needs to brand itself “The Real Deal”

Bob Sniden

Shelburne

 

 

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