By Wendy Elliott
The sculpture, Work at the Trestle, depicts and commemorates engineer Vernon Smith rebuilding the Grand Pré Dyke section of the Windsor and Annapolis Railway following the Saxby Gale of Oct. 5, 1869.
It will be unveiled next weekend at Waterfront Park in Wolfville.
The town is honoured to receive this donation, says Mayor Jeff Cantwell, and Wolfville excited to celebrate Work at the Trestle on Sept. 21.
The unveilling will be followed by a reception at 3 p.m. at the old Wolfville train station, now the Wolfville Memorial Library.
Work at the Trestle was commissioned by Vancouver resident Allen Eaves to commemorate his great-grandfather's role in helping economic development in the Annapolis Valley by using the latest advances in science and technology.
The railway began running through the Annapolis Valley in 1869 - the same year the Saxby Gale pushed the tides six to eight feet above any previous or subsequent records. The sea level has since risen.
The storm almost brought financial ruin to the railway so shortly after it opened on Aug. 19, 1869.
The railway bed at Wolfville harbour formed a dyke wall to the south of the town. Today, the tides have been known to rise within three feet of the old rails and there have been floods reaching to Main Street.
Later in the evening on Sept. 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the Al Whittle Theatre on Main Street, the celebration will continue with a show entitled Dominion Atlantic Railway: An Evening of Pictures, Stories and Songs with Gary Ness and the Mud Creek Boys. This performance is sponsored by the L'Arche Building Campaign.