DIGBY, N.S. - Now that a tourist attraction in Digby Neck has closed for the season, the owner has plenty of time to reflect on the wonderful stories he shared with visitors over the past few months.
Murray Ross is the owner of a Maud Lewis replica house, which he built in 1999. He said hundreds of visitors from all over the world have come by to see the tribute house to the late famous Digby artist Maud Lewis.
“I have quite a few people come in – a few hundred,” he said. “I’ve had people from all over Canada, the United States, United Kingdom, Australia.”
Ross said the pace of visitors picked up after the ‘Maudie’ movie was released.
“Ever since the movie came out, there have been more people interested. A lot of people never even heard tell of Maud before but seen the movie. Some people were here from the United Kingdom because they watched the movie over there and a lot of people from the States came up here too because after they seen the movie, they kind of made this their destination.”
Ross said he met Maud as a youth and became fond of the folksy artist. As he grew up, he decided to build a small replica house, paint inside and out and fill the building with items of Lewis.
Most of the items inside the house were donated by people around Digby or bought second hand. Ross tried to replicate Lewis by painting the house in the style she was known for.
Ross said he would entertain guests with stories of Maud he knew personally or from having heard from others. Ross said visitors also shared plenty of interesting stories with him but picking out any in particular would take hours.
“They’re all good stories,” he said with a chuckle.
Ross said the house is now closed for the winter but he could re-open as soon as May.