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West Hants Historical Museum


Accession number: 00.2016
Category: Other Documents
Date: 1994
Materials: Paper
Subject: Architecture -- Nova Scotia, Historic sites -- Nova Scotia, Pioneer life -- Nova Scotia
Narrative:  "Nova Scotia boasts of nearly four centuries of European settlement. Its early history is rich in conflict between French and English, and within families split by the A merican Revolution. Planters from New England, Loyalists (black as well as white), explorers and rogues, sailors and shipbuilders, merchants and innkeepers, politicians and preachers, magnates and mothers. "Mary Byers and Margaret McBurney tell the stories of these people in a lively text illustrated by pictures from the past and present. During several years of research they have scoured provincial and municipal archives, sifted through newspaper files, interviewed archivists, scholars, and local historians. "We learn about people such as Cape Breton's wily Peter Smyth, whose name lives on ina Gaelic curse; of Enos Collins, whose privateering ventures made him the richest man in British North America; of Liverpool Simeon Perkins, whose daugnter, Mary, somehow survived daily plunges into icy well water as a cure for 'Rickety Complaint'; of Lunenburg's John Creighton, who defended the town during a privateer raid; and of a 'monster' who strayed into the crystalclear waters of Halifax harbour." "Chris Reardon has photographed a hundred historic buildings mentioned in the text, illuminating the architectural development of the province." 29 chapters in five sections : Halifax. 1. Sea Monsters and Steeples; 2. The Prince and the Governor; 3. Thomas Akins and His Historic House; 4. Privateers and Politicians; 5. The Trial That Launched a Folk Hero [Joseph Howe]; 6. In the Shadow of the Military; 7. Wier and the Tallahassee; 8. The Northwest Arm: Shipping, Statecraft, and Surveying; 9. Dartmouth: Forgotten Patriots, Legend, and Song. The South Shore. 10. Chester and Mahone Bay; 11. Lunenburg; 12. Liverpool and Mill Village; 13. Lockeport to Seal Island; 14. Yarmouth. The French Shore, the Annapolis Valley, Truro. 15. The French Shore and Digby; 16. Annapolis Royal; 17. Belleisle; 18. Wolfville and Starr's Point; 19. Grand Pré; 20. Newport Landing and Windsor; 21. Mount Uniacke; 22. Maitland and Truro. Northern Nova Scotia and the Eastern Shore. 23. Amherst, Parrsboro, and Pugwash; 24. Pictou and Lyons Brook; 25. Antigonish; 26. The Eastern Shore. Cape Breton Island. 27. Inverness and Victoria Counties; 28. Louisbourg and Sydney; 29. Sydney Mines. 
Description: Atlantic hearth : early homes and families of Nova Scotia

by Mary Byers and Margaret McBurney