Granny’s Cove, Grandma’s Cove, or the Sandy Beach?

Posted September 5, 2020 at 9:16 am by

Late­ly I’ve noticed islanders hav­ing peren­ni­al con­ver­sa­tions regard­ing cer­tain place names. Is Eng­lish Camp “British” Camp? Of course not. Its Eng­lish Camp and always has been (in my not so hum­ble opin­ion — Peg­gy Sue here). When did Mt Young get demot­ed to Young Hill? Is it Granny’s Cove or Grand­ma’s? Locals call it Granny’s Cove but where did that name come from?

Sally McRae at Granny's Cove 1951 - photo courtesy Mullis/McRae family

My Dad, Jim McRae, grew up at Amer­i­can Camp and when we were kids our fam­i­ly called Granny’s Cove, “The Sandy Beach” for obvi­ous rea­sons. When did it become Granny’s? If you know or have a the­o­ry let us know in the comments.

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  1. Robert and Jesse Firth, who took over from Grif­fith dur­ing the pig war, ran the Hud­son Bay Co farm where they raised eight children–many of which moved off island after mar­riage etc. Many of the grand­kids came back to the farm (Belle­vue Farm) sum­mers and swam in the cove. My the­o­ry is that their off-island mem­o­ries called it Grannie’s Cove, but it was­n’t until their off­spring returned to the island that their nam­ing become local­ized, either because they set­tled here or vis­it­ed cousins here. (My wife is one of them). And the name stuck.

    Comment by Dan Zaehring on September 5, 2020 at 12:40 pm
  2. Thank you Dan. That is one of the best expla­na­tions I’ve heard.

    Comment by Peggy Sue McRae on September 5, 2020 at 2:03 pm

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