On Sunday, several dozen people flocked to historic Minudie to participate in a daylong festival celebrating the community’s heritage and one of its most famous sons, Amos ‘King’ Seaman.
“It was an excellent day, couldn’t have gone any better,” Minudie Heritage Association chairwoman Sharon Gould said. “The weather didn’t look too promising early on, but the skies cleared and we had a perfect day.”
Each year, the people behind the Lake Cemetery, the St. Denis Church and the Amos ‘King’ Seaman School Museum come together to host Minudie Day. There was a yard sale, a display of antique machinery and tractors, hot dogs and sausages, strawberry shortcake and music throughout the afternoon.
There were also plenty of handshakes.
“We had many of the same people come out for the day, but there were a lot of handshakes among people who hadn’t seen each other in years,” said Gould, who was born on the Barronsfield Road and remembers fondly her childhood days looking over the marsh toward Amherst Point. “It’s really quite a view, isn’t it? You know, who when you come over the crest of that last hill and see the marsh in front of you and the bay it just takes your breath away.”
At one time Minudie was a bustling community of 600-plus people with thriving shipbuilding, farming and lumber industries. It was also the home of a busy grindstone manufacturing business in the 1870s, particularly by Seaman.
Gould said the community is working to preserve its history through the three historic sites and work is beginning to restore the former Seaman home into another museum that will include an expansive collection of artifacts related to Seaman and the community