The history of Wolfville and its surrounding communities is a fascinating and well-documented one. For further information on the region’s past, the following publications offer excellent introductions and guides:

J. Sherman Bleakney, Sods, Soil, and Spades: The Acadians at Grand Pré and Their Dykeland Legacy (Montreal, QC and Kingston, ON: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2004).

Heather Davidson, A History of Randall House: A Wolfville Home (Wolfville, NS: Wolfville Historical Society, 1993).

James Doyle Davison, What Mean These Stones? (Wolfville, NS: Heritage Advisory Committee, 1990).

James Doyle Davison ed., Mud Creek: The Story of the Town of Wolfville, Nova Scotia (Wolfville, NS: Wolfville Historical Society, 1985).

Arthur Hamilton Wentworth Eaton, The History of King’s County, Nova Scotia, Heart of the Acadian Land (Salem, MA: Salem Press, 1910).

Julian Gwyn, Planter Nova Scotia, 1760-1815: Horton Township (Wolfville, NS: King’s-Hants Heritage Connection, 2010).

Gordon M. Haliburton, Horton Point: A History of Avonport (Wolfville, NS: Gaspereau Press, 1998).

John Frederic Herbin, The History of Grand-Pré (Kentville, NS: Gaspereau Press, 2003).

Maritime Dykelands: The 350 Year Struggle (Sl: Province of Nova Scotia, Department of Agriculture and Marketing, 1987).

Barry Moody, “Acadia and the Great War,” in Paul Axelrod and John G. Reid eds., Youth, University, and Canadian Society (Montreal, QC and Kingston, ON: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1989), 143-160.

Ronald J. Nash and Frances L. Stewart, Melanson: A Large Micmac Village in King’s County, Nova Scotia (Halifax, NS: Nova Scotia Museum, 1990).

“The Port” Remembers: The History of Port Williams and Its Century Homes (Port Williams, NS: Port Williams Women’s Institute, 1976).

Tom Sheppard, Historic Wolfville: Grand Pré and Countryside (Halifax, NS: Nimbus Publishing, 2003).

Basil Courtney Silver, Saint John’s Church, Parish of Horton, Wolfville, Nova Scotia 1818-1968 (Sl: sn, 1968).

Heather Watts, Silent Steeds: Cycling in Nova Scotia to 1900 (Halifax, NS: Nova Scotia Museum, 1985.)

Esther Clark Wright, Planters and Pioneers (Windsor, NS: Lancelot Press, 1982).

Esther Clark Wright, Blomidon Rose (Windsor, NS: Lancelot Press, 1977).

Bert Young, My White Rock (New Minas, NS: the author, 1999).

Paul Young, Reflections of a Restaurant Owner’s Son: The Story of the Palms…and More! (Sl: the author, 2009).

We hold several of these books in the Museum for reference and some are for sale in the Museum giftshop. Several of the titles can also be found at the local library. Please contact us at if you require assistance in locating these publications.