In my final instalment of “stories from Tennycape,” we hear from a local resident who learned about the mystery along with the rest of us…
“My name is Nicole Macumber:
“I saw your article on the lion head rock. I had no idea the rock existed, although I live just up the shore in Bramber. The Shore, as we call it, offers many amazing rock formations, history and oddities. As with the name Tennecape – as it’s spelled when coming from Walton; coming from Kennetcook it can be seen spelled with a ‘y’ – I have no idea why, but we also have a Bennie Muckie Road in Bramber from one direction and a Bennie Muckle Road in the opposite direction.
“Back to the Lion story, there is a headstone in the Moose Brook cemetery close to the road on the right-hand side; it belongs to Lion Lundore! I know this because I was geocaching (very neat adventure awaits you on a geocache; if you’re unfamiliar look it up!) with some friends and we were led on a hike in the woods in Tennecape. We were looking for an old well, I believe, and it was tied to the murder of Lion. We never made it to the spot, as our phone’s compass was useless without signal and data :( but we did stop to pay tribute to Lion, and sort of soak in that part of our history from a time before us.
“Thanks for listening and sharing.”
I’m not sure if we’ll ever solve the issue of the spelling.
Barb weighs in with this: “The spelling is Tennycape. The name was given because 10 high hilltops dominate the area. The first land grants were in 1768.”
I think it’s very important to share local history. There is a lot to be learned in class, but so much to experience outside the four walls of a classroom. My Grandmother was a storyteller; I learned a great deal about people and local history by listening to her wonderful stories. My mother and father offer the same wisdom today. Make some time to spend with the senior members of your family or the community. Ask questions and listen – that’s a very good way to learn.
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