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Oak Island

Oak Island stands resolute among the 360 islands of Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia Canada and is singularly unique for her name sake trees which are still in plentitude.  R. V. Harris, for his book "The Oak Island Mystery" did a test of the growth rates and determined that a 16" red oak growing on the south shore of Nova Scotia was 200 years old. To this day the island is home to multiple scores of examples exceeding that size with many broaching 36" or more and although known originally as Gloucester Island she would go on to earn the name Oak Island because of these stands of majestic red oak trees. (Quercus rubra L)

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In the year 1762 the Surveyor General of Nova Scotia Charles Morris travelled the 45 miles from Halifax down to the island to purposefully divide it into 32 lots, each approximately 4 acres in size, most abutting a centre road and all with water frontage. To date no other island in the bay has ever been surveyed in this manner and the Morris survey, in which he catalogued the Island as Number 28 is still used today.

In 1795 a seriously perplexive depression in the ground was discovered on Lot Eighteen that then inadvertently tripped into motion the longest, most expensive ongoing treasure hunt in world history and would eventually give rise to the idiom "Money Pit'.

The rich story of the island has been documented by many fine books, among them R. V. Harris's "The Oak Island Mystery'', Rupert Furneaux's" The Money Pit Mystery'', Darcy O'Conner's "The Money Pit", Bill Crooker's "Oak Island Gold" and Lee Lamb's "Oak Island Obsession". Together with an agglomeration of documentaries, docudramas and internet sources there exists a myriad of entertaining backstories to stoke one's curiosity on the subject.

This website is dedicated to the good people of Nova Scotia and to Oak Island aficionados everywhere who have been beguiled by the island's history, mystery and stalwart beauty.