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Minudie is located in Nova Scotia
Minudie in Nova Scotia
Amos Seaman School Museum in Minudie

Minudie is a community in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, located in Cumberland County about 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) from River Hebert.

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.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3]


  1. ^ N.E.S. Griffiths, The Contexts of Acadian History, 1686-1784 (Kingston and Montreal, 1992), 65.
  2. ^ G.N.D Evans, Uncommon Obdurate: The Several Public Careers of J.F.W. DesBarres (Salem MA, 1969).
  3. ^ Mike Parker, Buried in the Woods: Sawmill Ghost Towns of Nova Scotia, Pottersfield Press, 2010, pp. 46=59

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  • Media related to Minudie at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 45°46′28.52″N 64°21′41.45″W / 45.7745889°N 64.3615139°W / 45.7745889; -64.3615139 (Minudie, Nova Scotia)