Clifton Royal

The Wetmores and Village Life in Nineteenth-Century New Brunswick

Edited by Judith Baxter
Categories: History
Series: Mercury Series (0316-1854)
Publisher: Canadian Museum of History
Paperback : 9780660193427, 414 pages, July 2023

Table of contents

AbstractResumePrefaceAcknowledgementsIntroductionBook 1The Diary of David Pickett Wetmore, 1870-1880Day Book of Wetmore & PuddingtonBook 2The Diary of Rebecca Araminta Wetmore, May 1873 and May 1874Book 3Union Agricultural Society Minute and Account Book, 1882-1907Book 4Howard Douglas Wetmore--Farm Journal and Diary, 1884-1891Book 5The Diary of Genevieve Wetmore, 1889Clifton, Church and CommunityEndnotes


Through the Wetmore family diaries, Agricultural Society minutes, and other records, this book provides a fascinating look at farming life in nineteenth-century New Brunswick. The diaries cover the years 1870 to 1891; shop records begin in 1864 and include detailed client lists. Journal entries about plantings, community meetings, and even the militia and volunteer service, create an intimate picture of one family’s fruit farms and general store. Musings about the meaning of community and personal history, as well as information on local institutions, round out this look at smalltown life when Canada was young. Lavishly illustrated with period photographs, this book is a must for anyone with an interest in Victorian New Brunswick, and a boon to anyone researching this part of the province.