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Sawdust & Sea Breezesshreds & nooks of land

. . . shreds & nooks of land (launched June 25, 2011)

Ruth M. (Rumley) Legge
of Liscomb Mills presented her 2nd local history book on Saturday June 25, 2011, 2:30 p.m. at St. Luke’s Anglican Church, Church Rd., Liscomb, NS.

. . . shreds & nooks of land chronicles the history of Liscomb, Spanish Ship Bay, “Lower” West Liscomb, Pye’s Head, Little Liscomb, Gegoggin, Wedge Island, and Liscomb and Hemlow’s Islands.
Price: $25.00 plus shipping (varies by destination; please inquire).


. . . shreds & nooks of land: A history of Liscomb, Spanish Ship Bay & Gegoggin, Guysborough County< style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">< style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">

-  278 pages plus 64 pages of historical photographs and maps; fully footnoted and indexed

-  Based on archival records and oral history accounts.

-  History of St. Luke’s Anglican and the Methodist / United churches of Liscomb

-  Details on area shipbuilding and ownership

-  Shipwrecks

-  The disappearance of the Bessie A. Crooks

-  The wreck of the lightship Halifax No. 19

-  The Storm Signal Station network


. . . and much, much more!

For information contact Ruth Legge: Phone - (902) 779-2931; or  email:


Sawdust & Sea Breezes
chronicles the history of Liscomb Mills, its sawmills, as well as the surrounding area.

*** 500 copies were sold in less than a year ***

UPDATE: June 25, 2011: More Copies are available. Contact Ruth



Ruth Legge signing book

On September 18, 2005, a large crowd gathered in Wadds’ Lounge, Liscomb Lodge, Liscomb Mills for the launch of Sawdust and Sea Breezes by Ruth M. (Rumley) Legge. Master of Ceremonies, Keith Gallant, kicked off the event with a little history of Ruth' s research. John N. Grant, author, historian, and St. FX University Professor provided insight to the intense work involved in researching an historic book. Rounding out the guest speakers was Aleah Lomas Anderson, Vice-President, Heritage Goldenville Society with some personal words about Ruth's endeavour.

Ruth took the podium and spoke of her 25 years of research to complete the book. She then read some excerpts from the book.

With the formalities completed, Ruth began signing the dozens of books purchased by those in attendance. Guests were treated to sweets, tea and coffee as they mingled and waited for their turn.


Many historical photos and maps; well researched and fully footnoted; contains bibliography and index.
Oral history accounts, archival records, and original letters.

Details on the early settlement of the Eastern Shore.

Numerous names of sawmill and lumber woods employees, many from surrounding communities.

Detailed information on the Alfred Dickie Lumber Company.  Dickie (“the Lumber King of the Maritime Provinces”) owned sawmills in Stewiacke, Ship Harbour, Musquodoboit Harbour, Lawrencetown, Moser River, Liscomb Mills, Sherbrooke, and Tusket at the beginning of the 20th century.
Information on early roads, ferries and steamship services as well as churches and schools.
The history of the Liscomb River Power House (built for the mines of Goldenville) and the Fish Ladder.
The story of how Len Rodenhiser brought electricity to the village of Sherbrooke.
Lone Cloud, the noted Mi’kmaw Chief and his home in Liscomb Mills.
Liscombe Lodge history                             

… and much more!


For information contact Ruth Legge: Phone - (902) 779-2931; or


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