This study of the history of Guysborough County, N.S. was submitted by Harriet hart in the Akins Historical Prize Essay competition for 1877. The excellence of her work resulted in the award of the prize to her by the University of King’s College. The prize was established by Thomas Beamish Akins in 1864, when he presented to the Governors of the University of King’s College as Trustees a sum of money which then yielded 30 lbs per annum “to be devoted annually to the best history of some one or more Counties of this Province.”
Harriet Cunningham Hart, born into a merchant family in Guysborough, and marrying James E. Hart, of another prominent merchant family of the community, thoroughly and clearly recounts the stories of the development of Guysborough County; from the French period of settlement in the early 1600’s, to the latter half of the 1800’s; when most areas of the counties were thriving fishing, farming, and trading communities. Hart discusses the numerous settlement patterns, providing thorough research on the Loyalist settlers of the village of Guysborough.
The work is fully indexed and recently revamped by the Guysborough Historical Society; republished in 2016.