Located on the eastern coast of Nova Scotia, Guysborough is a town full of history. Mi’kmaq hunted and fished in the area for centuries, and Europeans also came early to these shores. Many believe the Prince Henry Sinclair, Earl of the Orkneys, landed here in the 14th century. Its later history is just as impressive; early settlers fought over the bountiful land at “Chedabucto,” later Guysborough, furiously. These pages document the town’s progress through the 19th and early 20th centuries, with photographs of unusually high quality (many by the wonderful photographer William H. Buckley) and detailed captions by John Grant.
The old town comes alive; we see Sangster’s shipyard during Guysborough’s days as a busy seaport; Cunningham’s and Jost’s stores; the industrious rossing mills of the Sonora Tiber Company. Historic Guysborough also teaches us about the people – like the telephone operator Evelyn Bryson, business man and “patriarch of Guysborough “ Robert M. Cutler, and treasured educator Morley DeWold Hemmeon – who have Guysborough home. John Grant is a retired professor of education at St. F.X. University. He is a well-known local historian who grew up in Guysborough.