A look into the past

New book de­tails Up­per Granville fam­i­lies, homes, sto­ries and his­tory


In Up­per Granville there are 69 houses - and a thou­sand sto­ries for each one.

Like the time Char­lie Hud­son was milk­ing the cows and a chim­ney fire spread not only to the house but to the at­tached barn and the whole place went up in flames.

That was where the Troop house is now at civic num­ber

8003 on High­way 1 in that stretch head­ing west out of Bridgetown.

The Hud­sons lived in a shed for

12 years while they re­built and ended up sell­ing the prop­erty to

Mackie Troop.

That’s one of the sto­ries Peggy

Gillis, Jean Ward, Jan­ice LawLord John Cartaret, the Earl of rence, Joan Hud­son, Carl and Granville, Eng­land. It was set­tled Linda Phin­ney, Carolyn Scott, by the English af­ter the Aca­dian and Beryl Han­nam chron­i­cle in a ex­pul­sion and in 1764 the Gran­new book called ‘ An Up­per Granville Town­ship was granted to 168 ville Di­ary’ that was launched this pro­pri­etors and in­cluded Gran­month at the home of Jean and ville Cen­tre and Granville Beach. Rus­sell Ward. Belleisle was also part of Up­per

The book, like a lot of ideas, Granville and the lots ran from came from talk over a cup of cofthe An­napo­lis River to the Bay of fee. Jean Ward was host­ing her Fundy. an­nual July 1 cof­fee party where The book de­tails as much in­dis­cus­sion turned to lo­cal his­tory for­ma­tion as pos­si­ble about and some­one said they should nu­mer­ous homes, in­clud­ing write a book be­fore that his­ar­chi­tec­tural style, his­tory, and tory was lost or for­got­ten. It was con­text or lo­ca­tion within the Canada 150 and Jan­ice Lawrence com­mu­nity. Names of cur­rent brought some Canada trivia que­sown­ers and past own­ers are also tions with her but threw in some de­tailed and pro­fes­sions are reUp­per Granville ques­tions as well. counted.

Peggy Gillis stood up and said, For in­stance, the ‘ White’ house ‘we should write a book.” The rest Lord Cartaret on Hebb’s Land­ing Road was arts& is his­tory, sort of. They went out The com­mu­nity was named for built in 1834 by Thomas Walker. pris­oned for two years for gross in­de­cency af­ter his af­fair with Lord Al­fred “Bosie” Dou­glas (Colin Mor­gan, Tes­ta­ment of Youth). Upon his re­lease, he is greeted by com­pan­ions Rob­bie Ross (Ed­win Thomas) and Reg­gie Turner (Colin Firth, The King’s Speech; A Sin­gle Man) and quickly moves to France to spend his fi­nal years in ex­ile.

All shows at the Al Whit­tle The­atre, 450 Main St., Wolfville. Tick­ets are $10 and avail­able 30 min­utes be­fore screen­ing. Go On­line: fundycin­ema.ca Go On­line: face­book.com/FundyCin­ema-1692183731024542

Phone: 902-542-1050

A look at up­com­ing arts and en­ter­tain­ment events in the An­na­pa­po­lis Val­ley:

‘Bird of Prey’ at Kentville’s

Hard­ware Gallery Kentville’s Hard­ware Gallery’s next ex­hibit “Bird of Prey” runs un­til Jan. 2, fea­tur­ing the work of mul­ti­me­dia artist Ella Te­trault.

‘Bird of Prey’ is a mul­ti­me­dia video in­stal­la­tion that tells a story of three peo­ple com­ing to­gether on the North Moun­tain to ex­plore how we in­ter­act, iden­tify, and re­late to other species through Fal­conry. It is, in a way, a failed at­tempt to un­der­stand the com­pli­cated and of­ten vi­o­lent re­la­tion­ship the west­ern world has with an­i­mals and to look at how we might un­der­stand and fo­cus on heal­ing trauma through our re­la­tions to other species.

Te­trault is a Cana­dian artist re­cently re­turned from Ber­lin. She is cur­rently a PhD can­di­date in the Depart­ment of Vis­ual Art at York Univer­sity, and a guest lec­turer at the Univer­sity of Cologne at the In­sti­tute for Art and Art The­ory along­side Ste­fanie Busch.

Go On­line: Find Hard­ware Gallery at www.hard­ware­gallery.ca

The Grinch at King’s The­atre

Dec. 27-28

‘The Grinch’ will be shown at King’s The­atre in An­napo­lis Royal Dec. 27 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 28 at 2 p.m.

The Grinch and his loyal dog, Max, live a soli­tary ex­is­tence in­side a cave on Mount Crum­pet. His main source of ag­gra­va­tion comes dur­ing Christ­mas­time when his neigh­bors in Whoville cel­e­brate the hol­i­days with a bang. When the Whos de­cide to make Christ­mas big­ger and brighter, the dis­grun- into the com­mu­nity and con­ducted in­ter­views, gath­ered in­for­ma­tion, and took pic­tures.

Lawrence wrote the book’s in­tro­duc­tion and based on tons of in­for­ma­tion col­lected by the group, wrote the man­u­script that was edited by nu­mer­ous oth­ers in­volved in the ef­fort.

She de­scribes the book as one of col­lec­tive mem­o­ries com­piled by friends, fam­ily, and neigh­bours.

“So here we are, 90+ years of ‘An Up­per Granville Di­ary,’ from the Wards on the hill on the out­skirts of the for­mer Bridgetown lim­its to the Phin­ney Moun­tain Road,” she said in the in­tro­duc­tion. “The area that we know as Up­per Granville.”

tled Grinch re­al­izes there is one way to g gain i peace and quiet. With help from Max, the green grump hatches a scheme to pose as Santa Claus, steal Christ­mas and si­lence the Whos’ hol­i­day cheer once and for all.

‘A Star is Born’ will also be screened at King’s The­atre over the Christ­mas hol­i­days. It’s set for two days – Dec. 29 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 30 at 2 p.m.

Sea­soned mu­si­cian Jack­son Maine dis­cov­ers — and falls in love with — strug­gling artist Ally. She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer un­til Jack­son coaxes her into the spot­light. But even as Ally’s ca­reer takes off, the per­sonal side of their re­la­tion­ship is break­ing down, as Jack­son fights an on­go­ing bat­tle with his own in­ter­nal demons.

Di­rected by Bradley Cooper and star­ring Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, and Sam El­liott.

Tick­ets are: $11 for an adult; $10 with Film Buff Card; or $8 for a youth.

Doors open 45 min­utes be­fore show time.

Phone: 902-532-7704

Go On­line: www.kingsthe­atre.ca

On the screen at Fundy Cin­ema

Fundy Cin­ema screens ‘The Happy Prince’ on Jan. 6 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The di­rec­to­rial de­but from cel­e­brated ac­tor Ru­pert Everett (Shake­speare in Love, My Best Friend’s Wed­ding), The Happy Prince is at once a spir­ited tribute to le­gendary au­thor and play­wright Os­car Wilde and an ex­act­ing com­men­tary on 19th­cen­tury Bri­tish mores.

It is 1895, and Wilde (Everett, A Royal Night Out) has been im-

Trent McClel­lan in Wolfville,

An­napo­lis Royal

The new­est cast mem­ber of the award-win­ning show This Hour Has 22 Min­utes is launch­ing his Mar­itime ‘Laugh Ev­ery Day Tour’ in 2019 and he’ll be mak­ing stops in Wolfville and An­napo­lis Royal.

McClel­lan, orig­i­nally from Cor­ner Brook, is a stand-up co­me­dian, writer, pod­caster, and ac­tor known for his ap­proach­able, can­did, and ef­fort­less ob­ser­va­tional com­edy.

McClel­lan joined the cast of This Hour has 22 Min­utes in 2017 af­ter con­tribut­ing as a writer for sev­eral years. He has had nu­mer­ous filmed tele­vi­sion per­for­mances from the Just for Laughs Mon­treal, Win­nipeg and Hal­i­fax com­edy fes­ti­vals for CBC Tele­vi­sion, and has recorded com­edy spe­cials for CTV and the Com­edy Net­work.

He is also a favourite on the Cana­dian air­waves. He can be heard on the CBC ra­dio pro­gram ‘The De­baters’ and he was a pan­elist on CBC’s ‘Canada Reads’ where he de­fended ‘Feb­ru­ary’ by Lisa Moore.

The ‘Laugh Ev­ery Day Tour’ is pro­duced by Pre­miere En­ter­tain­ment Group and trav­els to Fes­ti­val The­atre, Wolfville on Feb. 22 and King’s The­atre in An­napo­lis Royal on Feb. 23.

For full tour dates, lo­ca­tions, and tick­ets visit www.trentscom­edy.com. Jump ahead more than 100 years to 1952 and the prop­erty is home to Harold Walker, a farmer and main­te­nance worker in An­napo­lis County schools. His wife Mar­ion is re­mem­bered for rid­ing her mo­tor­ized bike and later her mo­tor­ized scooter. The prop­erty has changed hands sev­eral times since Mar­ion died and Harold moved to Hamp­ton with his new wife.

There is even one house that was moved from Digby to 75 Phin­ney Moun­tain Road in 2013 and is com­pletely so­lar.

The book speaks about fam­ily, friends, dreams, and, of course, the beau­ti­ful set­ting in one of the most fer­tile val­leys in the coun­try.

“I was a lit­tle con­cerned that the river would be too small to sat­isfy my yearn­ings,” said Lynn Main in an ar­ti­cle reprinted from ‘Our Canada’ where she speaks about her dream house at 7712 High­way 1, “but it is more than enough. Jon and I never tire of the won­der­ful view from our win­dows and back deck. The scenery changes from sea­son to sea­son, day to day, and even hour to hour.”

They bought the prop­erty from Arthur De­veau in 2003. The house was built in 1840 by Phineas Phin­ney. The Mains built a new home af­ter a con­trolled burn of the orig­i­nal house.


The book is filled with old and new pho­tos, talks about roads, rail­roads, con­tains a sec­tion on ceme­ter­ies with some in­ter­est­ing sto­ries at­tached.

Rus­sell and Jean Ward vis­ited the Phin­ney Pas­ture Ceme­tery and found a stone with the name Josiah Dodge from Mas­sachusetts Bay who died in 1837.

“Josiah Dodge had come to help the English over­throw the French at Louis­burg and then was asked to come to Granville to help with land grants,” the book notes.

There is also a sec­tion on spe­cial events like Christ­mas con­certs, card par­ties, skat­ing, pa­rades, quilt­ing bees, and hay­ing time. The sec­tion on the Up­per Granville School chron­i­cles a long his­tory dat­ing back to 1850 un­til 1959 when the kids were sent to school in Bridgetown.

And there is a page about ghosts, in­clud­ing the story of a head­less horse­man rid­ing up and down over the bridge at the neigh­bour­hood known as ‘The New­combe Brook Bridge.’

The book also in­cludes a page re­count­ing all of the child­hood en­ter­tain­ment back in the days be­fore tele­vi­sion. There are 28 items and ev­ery one of them was out­doors, in­clud­ing games like Red Light/ Green Light, Mother May I, Mar­bles, Tag, and Hide n’ Seek, plus ac­tiv­i­ties such as skip­ping, build­ing forts, Hop Scotch, coast­ing, and even skinny dip­ping.

The book is ded­i­cated to the late Ed­win Gillis, 82, who was a force be­hind get­ting the book project started.

‘An Up­per Granville Di­ary’ is avail­able at Trea­sures and Col­lecta­bles in Up­per Granville and at End­less Shores Books in Bridgetown.


A group of Up­per Granville res­i­dents thought it was time to write about their com­mu­nity be­fore the his­tory and sto­ries were for­got­ten. The book was re­cently launched by Peggy Gillis, Jean Ward, Rus­sell Ward, Jan­ice Lawrence, Joan Hud­son, Carl Phin­ney, and Linda Phin­ney. They sold 100 books in two days and most of a sec­ond re­print.

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