On the night of December 28, 1944, a severe storm and tidal wave swept the coast of Inverness County. The storm had a great impact on the Port Hood area. Much fishing equipment was destroyed including wharves and breakwaters. H.A. Smith & Sons on…

On Wednesday afternoon, May 5th, 1937, Thurlow Smith along with fifteen of his grade seven and eight classmates at Port Hood Academy came outside to have an official class picture taken by a visiting photographer. Thurlow remembers that Stewart…

The Board Landing Bridge was erected in 1855-56 to create a shortcut for the mail route between Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Upper and Lower Canada. It also connected Onslow to Lower Truro, which were divided by the Salmon River.A resolution put…

Joseph MacInnis (1890-1928) was the son of Catherine Ann (Campbell) and Ronald MacInnis. He was a talented musician, well remembered for his legendary voice. The Antigonish “Casket” referred to him as having “unusual musical attainments…While…

During the Victorian period, it was common practice to create mementos from human hair. Hair art typically was made as an act of rememberance – a memento mori for a lost loved one. Other examples of hair art signify a special bond, created as a…

Born in Wright's Cove on October 25, 1849, George Henry Wright was the member of a successful farming family. Unsatisfied with a farming lifestyle, at age 17, Wright travelled to the United States and apprenticed as a printer. It was during this time…

In 1787, the Nova Scotia House of Assembly passed an Act to erect a building dedicated to the legislative work of the colony. While the need for such a building was clear, it wasn’t until 1809 that a joint legislative committee was struck to…

Donald (Don) Reid was born to a coal mining family at Joggins, Nova Scotia, on May 29, 1922, overlooking the fossil cliffs that he would one day help to make world famous. Forced to leave school at a young age to take his place in the mines after his…