Visit http://hrsbstaff.ednet.ns.ca/waymac/Geneology/Trip_to_France.htm for the first part of this journey.)
Finally, the last part of my journey. It is to the heart of Acadie, the place Antoine and Antoinette helped build. It was a clear day today, June 1, 2002 in Nova Scotia (Nouvelle Ecosse, ou Acadie). I thought it would be a fine time to take some pictures to show people where the Acadian Bourg (Bourque, Burke, Bourq) and Landry families settled over many years.
I got in the car and drove from Halifax to Grand Pre near Wolfville, Nova Scotia. At Grand Pre there is a park dedicated to the Acadians who helped develop the province. It is located about 70 or 80 miles from where Antoine Bourg and Antoinette Landry landed in 1636: Port Royal. Many Acadians lived in this region during their early years in the province. It is easy for me to image our ancestors setting up here.
First I entered the park. It is low stress, tranquil and very pleasant. Our ancestors would be proud...
On the path leading into the park, I came across a stone cross of sorts. It is known as La croix d'Herbin It bears a plaque...
It thanks John Fredrick
Herbin for helping investigate
the past of the Acadians and
keeping their culture
alive. For more see
Shortly after this cross, I
came upon this old fellow:
Longfellow. He is here
because he wrote a story
(fictional) about two
Acadians, Evangeline and
Gabriel, who fell in love, but
were then separated by the
British in 1755. They
lost touch with each other and
the story takes you through
their lives. I'll leave
the rest up to Longfellow...
he tells it better!
Below, are some pictures from the park. Isn't it beautiful!
In the centre of the park, is the church thought to be that of St. Charles. Beside it flies the Acadian flag, the flag of France with a star in the upper corner. The star represents the Virgin Mary, taken from a French song which refers to her as Stella (star).
A beautiful stain glass window adorns the entrance.
The Expulsion of the Acadians is described briefly on this plaque below...
On other walls are the names of the first Acadian families...
I come from the Bourg line... (Sorry for the blurry photo)
... and the Landry line too.
Standing before the church is the heroic figure Longfellow wrote about in his long poem: Evangeline.
To ease the burden of her sad story and that of the early Acadians, mother nature provided everyone today with blossoms!
of several colours.
I could not help but take this next photo. It is so beautiful.
Just opposite the Grand Pre park, there is a store. In it are collectibles and antiques. I thought of my recent ancestors using some of the articles I saw in the store.
Here, for instance, is a stove, the likes of which I recall seeing at my great uncle's house in Riviere Bourgeois. His name was Emable.
This iron evokes images of hard-working people...
... and the Acadian home is not complete without an instrument of some kind.
When I was a young lad, mom used to wash our clothes in this old fashioned washing machine. She was always careful that we did not get too close with our fingers near the ringer.
This is a jack used when horses pulled carts.
and just to remind you of how much money you did not have...
Down the road a couple of miles from the park, there were good examples of the dykes the Acadians built to reclaim arable land.
Pedestrians and cyclists have worn a path on the top of this dyke.
On top of the river bed you can see a ridge of stone on top of which is earth. This is another dyke.
I added this picture to show the depth of the river. The Fundy gives rise to the highest tides in the world. The river below is connected to the Fundy.
Alas, the day had to come to an end and I had to return home. But I didn't leave the area without seeing the beautiful apple blossoms first.
It was a wonderful day walking in the footsteps of my ancestors. I intend to add one more sojourn in pictures to the collection as soon as I can. It will be to Port Royal, the landing site of Antoine and Antoinette.
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