Once a thriving town with a population peaking about 1870 at more than 600 people, Minudie today still has three churches but a population of just 20. Industries included shipbuilding, farming, lumbering and the manufacture of grindstones. It was settled, dyked, and farmed by Acadians in the eighteenth century. After the expulsion, the lands were granted to J.F.W. DesBarres, who leased it to displaced Acadians and others who farmed the marshlands, and cut grindstones along the shore. Amos Seaman (1788-1864), the self-appointed "Grindstone King", assumed control of the grindstone quarries there about 1826 and was also largely responsible for the rest of the industries there as well.
- N.E.S. Griffiths, The Contexts of Acadian History, 1686-1784 (Kingston and Montreal, 1992), 65.
- G.N.D Evans, Uncommon Obdurate: The Several Public Careers of J.F.W. DesBarres (Salem MA, 1969).
- Mike Parker, Buried in the Woods: Sawmill Ghost Towns of Nova Scotia, Pottersfield Press, 2010, pp. 46=59
- Media related to Minudie at Wikimedia Commons
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