Against The Tides: Reshaping Landscape and Community in Canada’s Maritime Marshlands

Book Launch June 2, 2022, 7pm at the Campbell Carriage Factory Museum, 19 Church Street, Sackville, NB
The Tantramar Heritage Trust, along with Tidewater Books, is pleased to host the launch of Against The Tides: Reshaping Landscape and Community in Canada’s Maritime Marshlands. Published by UBC Press and written by environmental historian Ronald Rudin, the book explores the activities and legacy of the Maritime Marshland Rehabilitation Administration. Created by the federal government in 1948 and headquartered in Amherst NS, the MMRA assembled engineers to take over from farmers responsibility for the dykes and aboiteaux (tidal sluices) that had made farming possible on lands in both New Brunswick and Nova Scotia that had once been salt marsh. In its early years, the MMRA repaired or replaced the dykes and aboiteaux. However, by the time the program wrapped up in 1970 it had also constructed five tidal dams blocking tidal waters from some major rivers that flowed into the Bay of Fundy.

Locally, important agricultural dykelands were protected in the Shepody, Petitcodiac, Memramcook, Westcock, Tantramar, Aulac, Missaquash, LaPlanche, Maccan, and River Hebert marshes. Also tidal dams were installed on the Shepody River (1956), the Tantramar River (1960), and the Petitcodiac River (1968). Opposition emerged to construction of the Tantramar and Petitcodiac dams. The Petitcodiac tidal dam and causeway has since been removed and replaced by a bridge.
The book has been thoroughly researched, wonderfully written; sources carefully documented, and is well illustrated with photos and maps. Copies of the book will be available for sale at the launch and can be purchased from Ellen Pickle, owner of Tidewater Books, who will be in attendance at the book launch.
Ronald Rudin is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at Concordia University. He is the author of several books dealing with the environmental and cultural history of Atlantic Canada, most recently his 2016 book, Kouchibouguac: Removal, Resistance and Remembrance at a Canadian National Park.


Please join us for the launch; June 2nd, 7pm in the Multi-purpose Room at the Campbell Carriage Factory Museum, 11 Church Street, Sackville, NB. The author will give a short presentation on the book focusing on the Moncton-Sackville-Amherst region and will be available for questions. A small reception will follow.
Should you have any questions, please contact the Office of the Tantramar Heritage Trust, 29B Queens Road, Sackville, phone 506-536-2541.

Chignecto & Remsheg prior to 1755 (Mi’kmaq, Acadians, French)

Chignecto & Remsheg prior to 1755 (Mi’kmaq, Acadians, French)
Price $30.00 + S&H
ISBN 978-0-9692878-2-7
311 pages
6” x 9”, perfect bound

The story recorded here begins with the Mi’kmaq who populated the province for thousands of years before the coming of the fishermen from Europe and even those came perhaps a couple of hundred years before the French arrived at Port Royal in 1605. Despite periods of civil war and attacks by New Englanders and the British, the Acadians developed a comprehensive and strong culture on their close ties with the Mi’kmaq and their marshland agriculture.

With the fall of Port Royal in 1710, the leadership of the French forces moved to the Isthumus of Chignecto. With the exception of Grand Pre’, a family of nobles from Trois Rivieres gained control of the main Fundy marsh lands centering on their Beaubassin and Remsheg Seigneuries. On these they raised herds of livestock and bountiful grains and vegetables, which were then shipped through their ports on the Red Sea into French markets, among which one of the most important was the Fortress at Louisburg. The wealth generated by a ready market for the marshland products created a prosperity for the Acadians in what became known as their “Golden Age”.

In the last decade preceding the fall of their fort at Beausejour, the French used their Chignecto position to organize military and guerrilla attacks to harass and drive the British out of Acadia.

Once By Sea – Once By Land

“Once By Sea – Once By Land”

A private publication by author Bliss Brown, a direct descendant of Elijah Brown (1780-1855)

NEW Price: $50.00 + (shipping and handling is extra)

1100 pages 8 ½” X 11″, (3 Volume Set)

“Once By Sea, Once By Land” is a three volume 1100 page collection of genealogy and history based upon the ancestry and descendants of Elijah Brown (31 March 1780 – 30 September 1855). The story begins in England 1635, to Boston, then New Hampshire and Maine before his marriage 1802 in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia. The families of Elijah and Henrietta (Cannon) Brown spread across Colchester and Cumberland counties of Nova Scotia, Westmorland County of New Brunswick and Elgin County, Ontario. The wide span of family names include Siddall, Piers, Carter, Welton, Hughes, Fife, Brundage, Jeffers, Skidmore, Kennedy, Tabor, Edwards, Pettigrew, Thompson, Allen, Canning, Harrison, Hoeg, Bird, Atkinson, Cochrane, Bowden, Dowe, Quinn and of course, Brown; and so many more. Pages also include over 300 photographs and numerous obituaries. Authored by Bliss Brown, after more than 40 years of research.

Five Score and More – Reflections of A Centenarian

Newest publication release from members of CCGS

The long awaited release of “Five Score and More – Reflections of a Centenarian” is here. This book captures life in Cumberland County as told by or about these wonderful people who lived here for 100 years and more. Read their stories of life before electric lights, of simpler times, war times, the Depression and much more. Printed in 8 ½ x 11 size and colour it sells for members price of $49.95 and non-members price of $54.95 ( shipping and handling is extra) If you would like to order a copy please send an email to “”

Please Note:
Due to costs incurred for publications the CCGS Board of Directors has voted to limit purchases of membership priced publication at one (1) copy per single membership or two (2) copies per family membership at listed pricing.

All non-membership pricing remains for unlimited number of copies at listed price.

New Book Released January 2017


      “We Rise Again – a genealogy of the descendants of Richard and Dorothy (Patton) Thompson, Pioneer Settlers of Oxford, Nova Scotia”

      This series represents the life-long research of Cyril Oickle who started this project at the age of 10 years. In 2015, Cyril was very close to publishing his work when he passed away from a sudden illness. His work has been donated to CCGS by Cyril’s family with the request that we fulfill Cyril’s dream of having his work published.

     We Rise Again … is a five volume set containing 10 Chapters dedicated to Richard Thompson & Dorothy Patton and their 9 children.

Volume 1 – contains chapter 1 – Richard Thompson & Dorothy Patton & chapter 2 – Ralph Thompson (1st child) & Mary Sweeney

Volume 2 – contains chapter 3 – Ann Thompson (2nd child) & Joshua Brundage, chapter 4 – Mark Thompson (3rd child) & Mary Read & chapter 5 – Eleanor Thompson (4th child) & Charles Chappell

Volume 3 – contains chapter 6 – Dorothy Thompson (5th child) & James Chappell & chapter 7 – Richard Thompson (6th child) & Elizabeth Read

Volume 4 – contains chapter 8 – Letitia Thompson (7th child) & George Allen, chapter 9 – Abigail Thompson (8th child) & John Fillmore & chapter 10 – Mary Thompson (9th child) & John Oxley

Volume 5 – contains the Index to all chapters

Click to visit our publications page to order a volume of your choice or full set today!

Old Photograph #42

Do you know this person?

We have many vintage photographs in our Archives. Several images of people we have been unable to identify, and so we’d like to enlist the help of our visitors.

The person in this photo could possibly be a Rector or Scott from Cumberland County, NS.

If you think you know who this person is, please let us know by emailing stating “unknown photo #42″ in the subject line. If they are identified, we’ll post here to let you know.

1907 Vital Statistics Book

This book is a compilation of newspaper articles containing vital statistics for Cumberland County, Nova Scotia as recorded by the “Amherst Daily News,” Amherst, Nova Scotia, from January 1, 1907 to December 31, 1907.

All vital statistics were transcribed in full as recorded in these issues. Entries were copied from microfilms housed at Mount Allison University, Ralph Pickard Bell Library, Sackville, New Brunswick. All individuals named within these articles, with the exception of ministers, have been cross-referenced for an easy search for your ancestors. At the end of each article in italics you will find the source of the article. For example: ADN Tues., Apr. 10, 1907 p.1 consists of the abbreviated name of newspaper, the publication date of the newspaper and the page number.

Get your copy now at 1907 Vital Stats Book or go to Products drop down box above and/or select other publications.

CCGS July Meeting

July 28 – Ottawa House Museum in Parrsboro hosted CCGS’ meeting with guest speaker, Clemm Larsen, who provided on PowerPoint, an informative Pictorial Tour of the Parrsboro Shore.



.Thanks to Rick & Shirley King for hosting this event for our members, read more in the June Cumberland Roots newsletter

Thanks to Rick & Shirley King for hosting this event for our members, read more in the June Cumberland Roots newsletter

Show & Tell at January CCGS Meeting

Photo of Angus MacDonald

Marie (MacDonald) Trueman shows an heirloom photo of her paternal grandfather, Angus MacDonald.  The McDonalds originally came from Scotland to Fox Harbour, N.S. and later relocated to River Philip.

Before the miners strike in Springhill Angus had a confectionery store on Main Street in Springhill, NS.

Thanks Marie for sharing your story with us.