“It’s such a unique feature,” said Arthur Kidston, whose family once owned the land where the Rocking Stone sits.
“There are a lot of large granite rocks in the area, but none are as large as this — nor do any of them rock.”
The Geological Survey of Canada has said the boulder, left behind thousands of years ago by a melted glacier, could be the largest rocking stone in the world.
Kidston’s connection to the Rocking Stone goes back generations.
The stone was on the family’s dairy farm for over 100 years before Kidston’s father donated a portion of the land, including the unique boulder, to the former Municipality of the County of Halifax to operate as a public park.
“Over the years we have brought so many people to come visit the rock whether it was for a picnic or picture,” Kidston said.
“It’s a part of our heritage and lifestyle.”
The boulder has also lured some notable visitors.
Former British prime minister Bonar Law, whose mother was a Kidston, played on the rock during his childhood. Kidston said it’s rumoured that King George V visited the stone and had tea with his grandfather.
Rock no more
Increased usage of the area has had some detrimental effects on the stone’s rocking capabilities.
A group of soldiers from the Halifax Garrison reportedly once shook the stone so vigorously that it settled slightly, but visitors could still get it rocking with the assistance of the lever.
But Kidston said there’s still room for improvement.
“I think it’s really important that we recognize the heritage value of the park so that we can preserve the stone in its original state, which is such an important part of the Spryfield story,” said Cuttell.
“Protecting it right now doesn’t only preserve its integrity, but it also will help inform what happens around the park in the future.”
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