Annapolis Royal, Canada’s oldest settlement, offers over four hundred years of communications and postal history. There are challenges for the collector, however. No letters from the French period, pre-1710, are known to exist outside museums and archives. Because the population has been less than five hundred people for most of the town’s history, some pre-Confederation Annapolis postmarks are known by a single example, while others have only two, three, or four surviving strikes.Assembled over a period of thirty-five years, Hugh Rathbun’s Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia: Communications of the 1700s and Postal Markings of the 1800s, was first shown at NOVAPEX 2005 in Halifax, Nova Scotia where it received a regional Gold award. The following year, at three frames, it received a national level Gold at the same show. At BNAPEX-2008-NOVAPEX, also in Halifax, it received a Gold award with Felicitations of the Jury. In 2011, at four frames, it received a Gold and the American Philatelic Society Research Award at Philatelic Show in Boxborough, MA.