SAND POINT – It’s no surprise Ellen Millard is fascinated with history.
Sand Point resident Ellen Millard has released her newest book, Back When. The book, the seventh in a series, chronicles stories about people, places and events along the North Shore. Millard will host a book launch at the Tatamagouche Farmers’ Market on Saturday. Submitted photo
The resident of Sand Point, near Tatamagouche, grew up with her grandparents on a farm in Wentworth and was regalled with countless stories.
“Annie and Will were great storytellers and used to tell me of their days going to Boston to work in their late teens before they had even met,” said Millard, who is in her 70s.
In addition, the Millards were among the first permanent settlers in Tatamagouche.
“I grew up listening to history stories, thus my interest in history. Any history is important and a lot of people are interested in history.”
From that fascination came the idea to write about the history of the area and in 1993 Millard created the first Back When book. Her wealth of information has continued over the years and she has now finished her seventh Back When book.
“It’s stories of people, places and happenings in the North Shore,” Millard said, adding during her research she discovered there was a racetrack in the Tatamagouche area in the 1920s and there used to be a ferry between Tatamagouche and Malagash many years ago.
“The more you dig, the more you want to dig and I was surprised with the amount of people who come up to me and say, ‘wow, there’s a lot to this community.’”
Miller is eager to share the 64-page, self-published book with others and will have a book launch this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Tatamagouche Farmers’ Market in the market building of the Creamery Square. The cost of the book is $12.
Millard has also penned three coffee table books: The Old Nuttby House, Tatamagouche Main Street, and Wallace Then and Now.
She is also the author of a children’s book called Big Annie.
Millard also hopes to write a book about River John next year.