Chapters of Annapolis County

The Annapolis County Recreation team has reached out to local talents asking for their partnership to help us, help you!

During these unprecedented times, we need to come up with creative initiatives to help everyone stay both mentally and physically healthy. Luckily, we live in an immensely caring and  talented region, so finding such partners was not too difficult.

In celebration of Black History Month, we are delighted to have local author Brenda J. Thompson share her novel “Finding Fortune: Documenting and Imagining the Life of Rose Fortune (1774-1864)”. Read by direct descendant of Rose Fortune, Micha Cromwell.

Please join us in celebrating Black History Month.

 This week we're highlighting stories from David Whitman's book entitled, Moving to Nova Scotia; featuring photos and interviews. 


Here is another episode in our Barbara Bishop's series. She is such a wonderful talent. This video contains more reading from her novel, Promises to Keep: A Story of Nova Scotia, as well as an interview with her sister, Janice. Enjoy!

We are welcoming local author Barbara Bishop who is graciously sharing a reading from her novel, Promises to Keep: A Story of Nova Scotia.

A little bit about Barbara...

A native of Paradise,  Barb grew up here, attending BRHS and Acadia,  where she met her husband of fifty-six years, Robert.  They married as students and lived in Halifax for three of those years, and Quebec and Ontario for forty!  She has been a high school English teacher,  a  Baptist minister in Ontario (Toronto and Hamilton) and NS, an amateur collector of local family histories of Annapolis County, a storyteller, and lately, fitness instructor for older adults. Barb is most proud to be a mother of two wonderful grown children and their spouses, and two grandchildren. She and her husband live in the home her parents built on "Apple Hill" beside the river in Paradise.

Barb and Lamont


Our first visitor was well-known, local author David Whitman.

David has graciously invited us for a virtual tour of the Bailey Chase Books Museum & Gallery located in Paradise.

The museum is a personal and community based museum that has a collection of familiar and not so familiar relics of the past.  There are treasures and tools, as well as articles from churches, schools, farms, businesses and homes. There are also books, kitchen items, a Santa collection, photos, and a sports memorabilia section.  

A little bit about David...

David Whitman is a retired teacher who lives with his wife, Paulette, in Paradise N.S.  He graduated from Acadia University in 1970 and went on to teach in Halifax and Lawrencetown. He is also a chainsaw carver and basketball player. David has always enjoyed learning about history and collecting historical memorabilia which is on display in the Bailey Chase  Museum. Dave has self published a number of books which can be found in local bookstores or by contacting Bailey Chase Books. 

To see David’s virtual tour, visit

Promo poster David Whitman