In the northeastern corner of Canadian province of New Brunswick history is brought back to life in the Village historique acadien. Throughout the village in 40 buildings is portrayed the way of life of Acadian people in between mid 18th until mid 20th century.
French colonists started settling in North America since 1604 when first French settlement was build. Acadians and their descendants live in what’s today known as Maritimes in Atlantic Canada – provinces of Nova Scotia (map), Prince Edward Island (map), New Brunswick (map) and Gaspésie in Quebec (map).
By the 18th century Acadians have build thriving communities when they themselves have become victims of British vs. French conflict of who’s going to rule the colonised territories in North America.
The British conquered Acadia in 1710. For 50 years Acadians resisted British rule. Forced removal by the British of the Acadian people, know in French as Le Grand Dérangement or Great Deportation in English, started in 1755 and lasted for a decade. At the end, out of around 14.000 Acadians in the region only around 2,600 remained.
Photo Gallery of Village Historique Acadien
Photo gallery showcases just a fraction of homesteads and businesses restored to their full glory, covering probably every aspect of life throughout the centuries, all the way until 1950s.
Personal stories of families who lived through those times are told, and questions you may have answered, by knowledgeable hosts who work on the village farms, produce crops, work on vegetable gardens, take care of animals, ect. and act as “villagers” dressed in period costumes.
Plaque at the entrance
A Village Where History Lives
The Village you are about to visit portrays life of New Brunswick Acadians from the end of the deportations up to the mid 20th century. You will see dwellings dating as far back as 1770, which represents the four corners of the province and brought back to life, thanks to the presence of interpreters who carry on the daily tasks of yore. They will tell you the story etched in their memory, the memory of a tenacious people, who never lost their faith in the future.
Address: 5 Rue Du Pont, Bertrand, New Brunswick, Canada (map)
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