Annapolis Valley Local Histories, Nova Scotia History

A couple of weeks ago, my wife purchased the best Christmas present for me – 45 back issues of the Nova Scotia Historical Reports. On top of that, a first printing of Blomidon Rose, the 1967 Kings County Report and an issue of the Kings Historical Journal vignettes. Soon after was purchased a copy of Underground Nova Scotia. To say that the reading has been interesting is an understatement.

Blomidon Rose is a pleasure – the way Mrs Wright wrote out her anecdotes is a breath of fresh air in this PC-crazy environment. Written in the 1950’s, it really is a story of her life in the early part of the century in Wolfville and the surroundings. To say she doesn’t like Longfellow is a bit of an understatement. It is amazing that the world she lived in 50-80 years ago really doesn’t exist any more (D.A.R., post, early unpaved roads, war rationing, the beaches, Kipawo, etc). If you are a fan of Valley history, this is a must read. We found our nice copy (the cover is ‘fine’) at the Odd Book in Wolfville.

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