Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Bibliophilia: Lore and Legends of Long Point by Harry B. Barrett

(Very thrilled to say that this is the first book I’ve featured on here that I had a hand in producing. Originally published in 1977, back in 2000 it was re-published for the 4th time at my old job, the Aylmer Express. I took the old film and re-stripped it for a different press, may have had a hand in making the proofs, may have had a hand in making the plates.)

Goes into the formation of this 40 km long sand bar, some of the native tribes that inhabited the area, early French explorers who wrote about it, some of the United Empire Loyalists who settled this fertile area, the role it played in the war of 1812, the treacherous conditions that caused so many shipping disasters in the area (I think the area around Long Point may have one of the highest concentrations of sunken wrecks in the Great Lakes), the early light houses (the wildly shifting sands made it necessary to build several over the years), the purchase of most of the area by the Long Point Company, a consortium of wealthy businessmen who turned it into a private hunting domain, (which did much to stop the over hunting and logging that threatened to have a very deleterious effect on this fragile habitat), the use of the area by rum runners during the era of prohibition, tales of buried treasure and some murders.

Love books like this. Being a bit of a history and natural history dork, books like this are right up my alley.

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