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We are told that one of the early inhabitants of the Gambo area was a Mik'maq family named "Joe", who were encamped at Mitchell's Point at the mouth of the Middle Brook river. The Joe family apparently came to Middle Brook from Clode Sound, Bonavista Bay some time before 1780. Some say they were the first permanent settler's along the Middle Brook River.
Along the Middle Brook River Trail you can take a stroll on Madeline's Trail that takes you to an old Mik'maq Cemetery. This trail is named after Madeline Joe, a Mik'maq lady who lived near the Middle Brook River. This cemetery in its appropriate setting, is nestled in the forest surrounded by tall spruce, fir and pine over looking Freshwater Bay. In the distance is the beautiful Middle Brook River flowing and meandering freely into Freshwater Bay. The very same waters that brought them to this beautiful land where they worked, lived and made their final resting place. According to locals there are at least 13 Mik'maq descendants buried in this cemetery. Recently, the Town of Gambo did some restoration work on this site.