VIEW-3941 | Lover's Lane, Wilmot Park, Fredericton, NB, 1905 (?)

Lover's Lane, Wilmot Park, Fredericton, NB, 1905 (?)
Wm. Notman & Son
Probably 1905, 20th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
20 x 25 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Landscape (2230) , Photograph (77678)
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For proper, young Maritime women, education, careers and sports took second place to choosing a husband. It was an important decision because divorce was very difficult-impossible in Prince Edward Island-and marriages were expected to last a lifetime. Quite simply, the choice of a husband determined a woman's happiness and her financial well-being. Husbands were given almost unlimited power to control the family property, and a husband who spent rashly or drank away the family fortune could cause great hardship for a woman and her children. It was, no doubt, hard to remember this stark reality on romantic walks along Lover's Lane.

Philip Girard and Rebecca Veinott, "Married Women's Property Law in Nova Scotia, 1850-1910" in Janet Guildford and Suzanne Morton, Separate Spheres: Women's Worlds in the 19th-Century Maritimes (Fredericton: Acadiensis Press, 1994), 67-92

Wendy Owen and J.M. Bumsted, "Divorce in a Small Province: A History of Divorce on Prince Edward Island from 1833," Acadiensis Vol. XX, No. 2 (Spring/Printemps 1991): 86-104.

  • What

    Many Maritime towns and cities had areas known as "Lover's Lane"-obviously thought of by local residents as romantic spots.

  • Where

    Lover's Lane was usually a romantic, pastoral setting like this one in Wilmot Park, where the trees provided some privacy for courting couples.

  • When

    Wilmot Park was opened by the Prince of Wales in 1860.

  • Who

    Young, middle-class women and their "beaux" would have strolled on Lover's Lane.