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Oak Island

Oak Island takes pride of place among the 360 islands of Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia Canada and is singularly unique for her name sake trees which remain in plentitude. Dr. R. V. Harris, for his book "The Oak Island Mystery" tested the age of red oaks growing on the south shore of Nova Scotia and determined that a tree with a diameter of 16" was 200 years old. The island is still home to multiple scores of examples exceeding that size with several besting 36" and although known originally as Gloucester Island she would go on to earn the moniker Oak Island because of these stands of majestic red oak trees. (Quercus rubra L)

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In the year 1762, Surveyor General of Nova Scotia Charles Morris traversed the 45 miles from Halifax to Oak Island on a mission to divide it into 32 lots, each approximately 4 acres in size, most abutting a centre road and all with water frontage. No other island in Mahone Bay had ever nor would ever again be surveyed in this manner and the Morris survey in which he catalogued the Island as Number 28 is used to this day.

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 Reginald V. Harris's "The Oak Island Mystery'', Rupert Furneaux's "The Money Pit Mystery'', D'Arcy O'Conner's "The Money Pit", William S. Crooker's "Oak Island Gold" and Lee Lamb's "Oak Island Obsession". Together with an agglomeration of documentaries, docudramas, magazine articles and internet sources there exists a myriad of entertaining backstories to stoke one's curiosity in 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.

Robert S. Young  -  January 1, 2019