Millidge and the Loyalist influence
Book launch planned for Trust’s 34th publication
Many believe Stephen Millidge deserves a much more prominent place in the Town of Sackville’s history than has previously been accorded him.
That will be part of the discussion when the Tantramar Heritage Trust launches a new publication by W. Eugene Goodrich, Stephen Millidge – The Surprising Life of a Sackville Loyalist.
The event takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the Boultenhouse Heritage Centre (Anderson Octagonal House), 29 Queens Road, Sackville.
The author will give a 40- to 50-minute presentation on some aspects of the life of Stephen Millidge, followed by questions and the launch of his new book.
Sackville Township had been a British settlement for 25 years when Loyalist families arrived in the mid 1780s. However, those few Loyalists had a profound impact on the future direction of governance that gave shape to people’s lives in this community.
Based on a variety of previously uninvestigated original source material, the author presents a very comprehensive study of Millidge, merchant-trader, storekeeper, high sheriff and deputy crown surveyor. The book also offers a surprising amount of new information on the post-planter settlement history as well as the economic, legal, and intellectual life of Sackville Township and Westmorland County. It tells a story – at times amusing, always engaging, and ultimately tragic – of a convinced Loyalist, devoted husband and father, and contented citizen of Sackville.
The Tantramar Heritage Trust includes this publication in its listing of historical books, a key addition to the Trust’s earlier publications on Acadian Settlement, the Planting of Sackville Township, and several titles on the Yorkshire Immigration to Chignecto. Only one previous book, Lorna Milton’s The Generations of Botsford Men, delved into the Loyalist impact on Tantramar.
The public is encouraged to attend this presentation on the remarkable life of one of the region’s most significant early settlers.
Admission is free and light refreshments will be served. All are welcome.