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Nova Scotia's Industrial Heritage

A Guidebook

David Rollinson

160 pages
Nimbus Publishing

If you drive across Nova Scotia, you will see abandoned rail lines and sleepy towns that once hummed with mills and mines. If you look closely enough, you will see the remnants of the province's industrial revolution, which began in the 1850s and faded away a century later. In this well-researched, compact guidebook, author and historian David Rollinson identifies and explores many of the historic sites and cultural artifacts that record this era. Included are over 70 sites of interest from across the province, from the shipbuilding display at the Bear River Heritage Museum to the Digby Rail Trails on the old rail bed out of Digby which overlooks the Annapolis Basin. Organized by industry--power, natural resources, agriculture, crafts, and transportation--and by county, plus featuring 60 fascinating images, Nova Scotia's Industrial Heritage will appeal to tourists travelling by car as well as locals interested in industry, their roots, and social change.

Author Bio

David Rollinson's interest in industrial heritage and the history of technology was sparked by a visit to a vintage machinery display as a youngster. An engineering apprenticeship provided first-hand experience with machinery and restoration work. In 1982, David established the Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology in Ontario, and was involved with a number of industrial heritage projects. After years of historic preservation work in the Caribbean, David moved to Nova Scotia.