Local Attraction: Hannah’s Bottle Village

I went to visit Gar Gillis, creator of Hannah’s Bottle Village. He kindly welcomed me into his home and we sat at his kitchen table to talk about his bottle village. He informed me that he was inspired by Mount Carmel, the bottle village up west. I asked Gar why he named it Hannah’s Bottle Village and he said that his Uncle Linwood had a summer cottage on PEI and his granddaughter, Hannah, spent a lot of time on the island, so he named it after her. Actually, each building in the bottle village is named after a relative. The first building built was the church. It is named after youngest grandson, Noah. The second building to rise was the Sydney’s General Store, named after granddaughter, Sydney. The third building created was the school house dubbed Cameron Allan Davies Schoolhouse after oldest grandson. The fourth building to be built was the imitation “Annalee home”. My favorite, of course, was the fifth building named after late Dad and former lighthouse keeper, Norman Gillis. Number six is JR’s Tea Room, named after late Mom, Jesse Ross, who apparently always had the Teapot on. The last thing to be built was the gate, named after step granddaughter Peyton. Come check it out, it’s on the way to Point Prim Lighthouse!! There is no admission charge, but donations are being collected for the IWK children’s hospital in Halifax.


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