Cumberland County Heritage Network Society

Friday, July 31, 2009

Do you know about... Beaubassin

An Acadian Homestead, painting by Nova Scotia Museum artist Azor Vienneau

Today there is little sign of the village of Beaubassin that once lay by the Missaguash River at the boarder of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Green hayfields and pasture lands have now replaced this once thriving community, but almost 340 years ago it was a much different place.
In 1672, Jacques Bourgeois and other settlers from Port Royal traveled up the Bay of Fundy and found a rich land, perfect of settlement on the largest salt water marsh on the Atlantic coast, a marsh we know today as the Tantramar. The community quickly prospered due to the hard work of the Acadians; the marshes were dyked and drained and farms soon dotted the land and spread beyond to other communities along the Isthmus of Chignecto such as Minudie, River Hebert, Nappan, Maccan and Aulac. Over the years Beaubassin grew in importance and eventually became the centre of local government in 1684. In 1696, and again in 1704, the settlement was attacked and burned by New Englanders. However, on each occasion, the village was immediately rebuilt. But then in 1750, the wars between the French and English were reaching a climax; the village was destroyed for the final time which foreshadowed the eventual expulsion of the Acadians.

Acadians Dyking the Marsh, painting by Nova Scotia Museum artist Azor Vienneau

In the summer of 2004, Parks Canada acquired some 107 acres, on today’s Fort Lawrence Ridge - including part of the historic village of Beaubassin. On July 7, 2005, it was designated a National Historic Site.

This summer Parks Canada is continuing their archaeological dig on the site of Beaubassin and have began to uncover new insights on the people who lived there. The dig continues Thursdays to Sundays until August 16th. If you would like to participate, call Fort Beausejour-Fort Cumberland National Historic Site of Canada at 506-364-5080

Minudie Heritage Association Barbecue

The Minudie Heritage Association will hold a barbecue at the River Hebert Co-op from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on August 8th.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Eatonville Day-use area & the Three Sisters Interpretive Centre

We would like to congratulate Cape Chignecto Provincial Park and the Cumberland Regional Economic Development Association on the opening of Phase III – Eatonville Day-use area. This new addition to Cape Chignecto Provincial Park will showcase some of the parks most stunning geological features and some of the most outstanding scenic vistas anywhere on the Bay of Fundy. At the newly built Three Sisters Interpretive Centre located on site, the visitor will be given information on the historical, cultural and geological significance of the area. There are two user-friendly trail loops that will offer the visitor an entire day of fun. One 2.5 km loop will take you Anderson’s Cove, Entonville Harbour and on to the famous Three Sisters sea-stacks. The other 2.7 km loop leads to Squally Point which is an actual raised beach created thousands of years ago. There are rest and picnic areas along the trails and seven viewing platforms giving the visitor spectacular views of the Upper Bay of Fundy.

Events at Ottawa House

The Ottawa House By the Sea Museum will be hosting a small art exhibition by Springhill artist Sandra Green.

On August 9, Ottawa House will be holding their annual pancake and sausage brunch from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Come enjoy a delicious meal of pancakes, sausage, tea and coffee.

On August 12, the Museum will be holding their annual Lady Tupper Tea. Enjoy the wonderful fair of bakers and cooks of the Parrsboro area. Sandwiches, sweets and tea will be served.

And finally, on August 15, Ottawa House will hold their annual wine and cheese event at 7:00 pm.

News From the Age of Sail Heritage Museum

The Age of Sail Heritage Museum has just announced their plans to build a 66’ x 22’ schooner replica which will be located between the blacksmith shop and the main building. Visitors will access the replica through the back door of the main building and will feel as though they are walking through the belly of the schooner.

The staff and board of the Age of Sail Heritage Museum would also like to announce the official ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly built boat shed. All are welcome to attend on August 1st at 2:00 pm.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Blessing of the Crops in Minudie

Blessing of the Crops Festival on Sunday, August 9th. Mass begins at St. Denis Church at 2:00 pm. The Celebrant will be Father George Smith. Mass will be followed by a reception at St. Aquinas Church Hall in Joggins. All are invited to return to Minudie for an evening concert featuring Blue Horizon. For more information contact Sharon Gould at 667.3923.

Malagash Salt Mine Museum Photo Display and Contest

The Malagash Salt Mine Museum will be hosting their Photo Display and Contest on Thursday, August 13, 2009 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Display your favourite photos or enter them in the contest! Judging will be done by the public. Those interested in entering the contest, please call the Museum at 257.2407 for a complete list of rules. Admission $2.00 and refreshments will be served. Proceeds will go to the Museum.

Schedule of Events for the Wallace and Area Museum

Schedule of Events for the Month of August:

July 30 A talk on the street. “Main Street Wallace (part two)” The history of Wallace and the buildings over 200 years.
August 2 “Tour the Stores” a chance for visitors to see in four of the museum’s store rooms.
August 5 “Mary Kennedy Tea” The social high point in the museum calendar. The tea in honor of the ‘mother of Museum’, benefactor John Kennedy. Enjoy tea and music in the gardens.
Flower arranging competition. 2:00 to 4:00 pm.
August 15 Children’s Day. A night at the Wallace and Area Museum” For children 5 to 12. Contact the museum for registration and information.
August 20 Remsheg Rug Hookers Annual “Hook in.”
August 20 Annual Talk by Author, Educator and Historian, William Hamilton. Topic: “The Loyalists of Remsheg.”

Schedule of Events for the Parrsboro Band Association

Schedule of Events for the Month of August:
August 1 Band performs at Port Greville’s Fireman’s Field Day, 1 pm
August 3 - 7 Junior Drama Camp by Ship’s Company Theatre
August 5 Notre Dame de Grass: a “newgrass” concert, 8 pm
August 8 -9 Struts Models modeling workshop, 9 - 5 pm
August 9 Halifax String Quartet, 8 pm
August 8 Elastic Big Band performs at Advocate Harbour’s huge annual Bazaar at noon
August 10 – 14 Intermediate Drama Camp by Ship’s Company Theatre
August 12 Film: Raising Arizona, 7 pm
August 15 Gem Cutter’s Ball, 8pm (subject to change)
August 17 – 22 Senior Drama Camp by Ship’s Company Theatre
August 19 Film: The Man Who Would Be King, 7 pm
August 25 – 29 Jazz Camp co-promoted by the Parrsboro Band Association and Upstream Music
August 29 Band performs at Economy’s Blueberry Festival, (subject to change)

Two New Member Facebook Pages

To expand their reach, the Age of Sail Heritage Centre and Nova Scotia Highlanders Regimental Museum have created FaceBook pages:

Age of Sail:

NS Highlanders Museum:

Please note that the good folks at the NS Highlanders Museum have a new email adress:

Links to all member blogs and facebook pages can be found on the right of this page.

The 20th Anniversary Events at the Anne Murray Centre

The 20th anniversary events will take place on July 25, and include: A music seminar in the morning and afternoon at the Nova Scotia Community College campus, Main Street, Springhill. This will consist of four music workshops conducted by industry professionals and geared towards budding artists. These have limited seating and are $10 per workshop or all four for $30. Tickets are available through the Anne Murray Centre.

Next, Anne Murray will make a visit to the Anne Murray Centre to meet and greet visitors. There is no charge for this event -- it's just a means for Anne to casually say hello to Centre visitors as part of the day's events and perhaps sign a few autographs.

Following the visit to the Centre, Anne will attend a private appreciation reception at the Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Community Centre (Main Street, Springhill) for event sponsors and long time supporters of the Centre. Unfortunately, due to a very limited amount of space, this event is invitation only and won't be open to the general public. It's being held to give Anne an opportunity to say thank you to those who have sponsored the Centre's 20th anniversary and/or donated to our facility over the years. It also gives supporters a chance to get to meet and talk to Anne in a more relaxed and casual setting.

After the reception and also at the community centre, there will be a concert featuring two of the biggest name artists currently in Atlantic Canada, Joel Plaskett and special guest David Myles. These excellent entertainers play a lot of folk rock and will put on a great show. Seats are all general admission. Tickets are $25 plus tax and can be purchased on line at: or they also have a limited number available at the Centre.

New Play for the 25th Anniversary Season of Ship's Company Theatre

Ship’s Company Theatre’s 25th Anniversary Season will feature the World Premiere production of the play Ferry Tales, commissioned by Ship’s Company Theatre in celebration of this significant milestone.

Ferry Tales - Book and lyrics by Carol Sinclair, composition and additional lyrics by david sereda, is a delightful musical that will enchant audiences with the lore of the beloved MV Kipawo, the last of the Minas Basin ferries. Sinclair’s beautiful writing is complemented by the lovely and nostalgic original songs by composer sereda. The World Premiere will open on the Ship’s Company Mainstage in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia on August 5th, 2009.

Artistic Producer and Director, Pamela Halstead, has engaged a stellar cast and an unparalleled creative team to bring to life this very special production as Ship’s Company proudly commemorates and celebrates 25 years of presenting live theatre in Parrsboro

What do you do when the tide goes out and the water is 50 feet lower than it was that morning? When a whale is beached at the ferry dock? When a baby is born on deck? When winter prohibits ferry service, yet love remains ardent enough to compel a young man to cross the bay by pole vaulting from ice pan to ice pan? Embrace the adventure and come aboard! The delightful musical, Ferry Tales, book and lyrics by Carol Sinclair, composition and additional lyrics by david sereda, will enchant audiences with the lore of the beloved Kipawo, the last of the Minas Basin ferries.

Pamela Halstead director

Holly Arsenault musical director


  • Deborah Allen
  • Bill Forbes
  • Frank MacKay
  • Amy Reitsma
  • Paul Tupper
  • Mary Vingoe
  • Gordon White
  • Corey Mullins set design
  • Jennifer Coe costume design
  • Bryan Kenney with BruceMacLennan lighting design
  • Con Byers research consultant

For more information call the Box Office: 1.800.565.SHOW or 902.254.3000

Or visit:

Band Day at the Parrsboro Bandshell

On the 26th of July the Parrsboro Band Association will host their "Band Day" at the Parrsboro Bandshell. A full day of music beginning at 12:30 and featuring no less than five bands performing all afternoon. A BBQ and a strawberry shortcake dessert will be featured along with and a draw for 25 lb of lobster.

Featured bands are: Moncton's Codiac Band, Sackville New Brunswick's Citizen Band, Brass Impact, the Elastic Big band and of course the Parrsboro Citizen's Band

The Parrsboro Band Association will also have a birthday cake to help celebrate the 100th year of operation for the Parrsboro Citizen's Band since its' name change from the 32 yr old Parrsboro Cornet Band in 1909.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Fun at Minudie Day

The overcast sky and mosquitoes didn't dampen the fun at the Minudie Days which are held to celebrate the illustrious history of Minudie.

Nova Scotia Highlanders Museum Social Media Marking LInks

The Nova Scotia Highlanders Museum now has a facebook page. They would love to have a look and join as a fiend of the Nova Scotia Highlanders Museum.

They also have a new email address: please revise your contact lists.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

250 Years of Cumberland County Heritage

On August 17th, Cumberland County is 250 years old. To celebrate this momentous occasion, the Cumberland County Genealogical Society and members of the Cumberland County Heritage Network will kick off a series of events from August 14th to the 16th at the Wandlyn Inn. For a full rundown on this wonderful celebration, you can visit the Cumberland County Genealogy Centre, located at 16 Church Street, Amherst; or call 902.661.7278, email: or visit:

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Joggins Fossil Cliffs Marking UNESCO Anniversary

One year ago today, the Joggins Fossil Cliffs received its rightful designation as a UNESCO Heritage Site. This momentous occasion is will be celebrated by committing a time capsule at the Joggins Fossil Centre. The capsule will be opened in 50 years when there is still living memory of the Cliffs receiving designation.

Heritage Fesrival Weekend at Age of Sail Heritage Museum


  • July 17-19 in support of the Age of Sail Heritage Museum.

  • Friday July 17- 7pm: Shedding Light on Spencer’s Island Shipbuilding 1860-1920 with David Stanley. Museum building 8334 hwy 209 Port Greville Admission by donation

  • Saturday July 18- 6pm : Murder Mystery Dinner Theater –Murder and the Mary Celeste- 3 course Roast Pork Dinner and Play. Advance Tickets Only Call 348-2030

  • Sunday July 19- 11-2 Strawberry Brunch Porthole CafĂ© 8334 hwy 209
    Horse and Wagon Rides 1pm $2.00. Free Museum Admission All Day

Monday, July 6, 2009

CCHN Video

We've uploaded a CCHN test video to youtube. Other videos will follow. If you have any videos of your museum/centre that you would like to see here, please let us know and we can upload to our channel.