DescriptionThe first town built near what is now Georgetown did not survive its infancy. Soon after French immigrant Jean-Pierre de Roma and his followers built dwellings, storehouses, wharves and bridges at nearby Brudenell Point in the early 1740s, some of the settlers defected and field mice ruined the crops. In 1745 a group of New Englanders burned the settlement, causing de Roma and his family to flee to Québec.
The town, re-established across the Brudenell River from the point, has since become a primary harbor and deepwater port. The principal local industry is shipbuilding. A rock causeway links the Georgetown shore with Brudenell Island, a former 1750s Scottish cemetery.
King's Playhouse is on Hwy. 3 at 65 Grafton St. The summer theater presents professional repertory productions in a 300-seat 1983 playhouse that is a reproduction of the town hall. Concerts and Tuesday night ceilidhs are held as well. The box office opens daily at 1; phone (902) 652-2053, or (888) 346-5666 (within Canada).