Re: Woodworth Reunion,Nova Scotia: Aug.2000
This is only my two cents worth, but why no go to the reunion, meet as many people as you can, and take copious notes, THEN decide if the book (which will likely be available there for viewing) is worth the price. If so, then buy it. Lots of people rush to buy books, then find out their branch of the family isn't even mentioned.
Perhaps you know that the Annapolis Valley of NS and your Woodworth's form part of one of the turning points in the history of North America. The Acadian French people (Cajuns in Louisiana, Évangeline and all that) were deported in 1755 and their vacant lands were taken over by the new settlers.
Soon afterward, the restless colonists in New England tried to convince the Nova Scotians to break away from England and become part of the USA - and they almost succeeded. It isvery likely that if NS (which then included New Brunswick, part of Maine and Québec) had said YES, that there would have been no Canada today, and ALL of North America to the Arctic Circle might have been American ! How is that for being right in the middle of history !
Be sure to go out on the land reclaimed from the huge tides of the Bay of Fundy (up to 59 FEET high to low) and look at the earthern dykes built by the French back in the 1640's. There are 5½ miles of them holding back the world's highest tides. This is the only large amount of farmland in all of NS (about 7% of the total acreage in the whole province).