Acadian-Cajun Places to Visit
|There are several places that you can visit to see exhibits, presentations, etc. of the Acadian and Cajun cultures. I've listed them according to 4 locations: Louisiana, Canada, Northeast U.S., & France.|
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|Annapolis Royal, NS:
• Fort Anne National Historic Site
Canada's oldest Historic Site, it marks the location of Port Royal ... the "capital" of Acadia A museum displays the history of the fort.
Open 9-6; mid-May through mid-October, by appointment the rest of the year
• Port Royal National Historic Site
The highlight of the location is a reconstruction of the early 17th century structures (the Habitation) built by the earliest French settlers.
Open 9-6; mid-May through mid-October
• Melanson Settlement National Historic Site
An archaeological dig found the remains of the community begun by Charles Melanson & Marie Dugas circa 1664. [more]
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• Nicholas Denys Museum
Open June-Sept., 9am-5pm
• Fort Beausejour National Historic Site
This fort was built in 1751 by the French, but was captured by the English 4 years later. in 1755 in the battle for control of Acadia. The site features interpretative paintings of the life of the garrison, stone ruins, grassy ramparts, picnic areas and a gift shop.
Open 9-5; June through mid-October
• Village Historique Acadien
The Acadian Historical Village represents Acadian life (1770-1890) after they were exiled from their homeland in the 1750s. The wax museum at the enrance contains 23 scenes (with 86 figures) representing Acadian from 1604 to 1761. Over 40 original buildings have been restored and may be toured. The site includes over 9000 artifacts. [map]
• Museé Acadien
This museum contains artifacts of the Acadian culture from the Acadian peninsula area dating back to the days of the first settlers.
Open 10-8 (except for Sunday: 1-8); mid-May through mid-September
• Port-la-Joye–Fort Amherst National National Historic Site
This is the site of the first permanent settlement on Prince Edward Island, known then as Ile St. Jean. The grassy ruins of the fort are still visible.
• Artisan Cooperative
The museum has a small display Acadian artifacts, and also has demonstrations of wool carding, spinning, weaving and rug hooking. There is a craft shop with locally made hooked rugs. Acadian-style foods are also sold.
Open 9-5 (May-June), 8-9 (July-August), 9-5 (September-October)
• Acadian Wax Museum
The museum contains 23 scenes (with 86 figures) representing Acadian from 1604 to 1761. The website says it's closed, however.
• Les Trois Pignons
This is a cultural and information center. It is home to La Société Saint-Pierre and other community organizations. There you can find the genealogy and history of the Acadians at Cheticamp, as well as a collection of fine artifacts (including the LeFort tapestries).
• Ste. Famille Cemetery
This restoration of the Acadian Ste. Famille parish cemetery has been underway for three years.
|Kouchibouguac National Park, NB:
• Beaubears Island National Historic Site
This was an Acadian refugee settlement in1756-59.
• Fortress of Louisbourg [Note: There are a couple more Louisbourg-related links on the LINKS page] check
This is a reconstruction of the 18th century French fortress. Though not an Acadian structure, it is certain that some Acadians visited there and many more had dealings with the community.
Open 9:30-5 (9-7 in July & August); May 1 through October 3
• Monument Lefebvre National Historic Site
This site began as a commemoration f the survival of the Acadians. The site has also devoloped an additional purpose, to remember Father Lefebvre and the resurgence of the Acadian culture in the 19th century.
Open 9-5; June 1 to Oct. 15
• Old Acadian House & Tourist Bureau
Open Mid-June to mid-September
• Le Musee Acadien
The museum is a combination of audio-visual presentations, permanent and temporary exhibits and genealogy resources.
They are in the process of creating a great-looking website (it's still under construction). For now, you can find their information at another page.
• Musée acadien de l'Université de Moncton
The museum features permanent and changing temporary exhibits on the Acadian culture. It's holdings include over 30,000 artifacts and photographs.
• Centre d'études acadiennes
THE repository for Acadian reference material. It's in the Champlain library at the University of Moncton in New Brunswick.
|Mt. Carmel, PEI:
• Acadian Pioneer Village
This is a reproduction of an Acadian settlement of the 1820s. [1-800-567-3228]
Open: 9-7; early June through late September; (their email isn't working)
• Centre Acadien
The center has about 10.000 volumes and 100 linear meters of manuscripts and other Acadian-documents, in addition to several collections of recordings of interviews on the lifestyle and music of Nova Scotia [list of their resources]; .Open 8:30 AM to noon; 1 to 4 PM
• Musée acadien du Québec à Bonaventure [Google English translation]
June 24-Labor Day: Open 9-6; Labor Day-Thanksgiving: Open 9-6; Rest of the Year: M-F 9-12, 1-4:30; Sa, Su 1-4:30
|Restigouche (Listuguj), Quebec:
• Fort Listuguj, 1760
A reconstructed fort in the Restigouche area that emphasizes Mi'kmaq and Acadian history. Lodging is also available; for example, a double occupancy soldiers cabin is $35 and a double occupancy teepee (that's right, teepee) is $23.
Open 10-7; mid-June through the end of October (are they still open?)
|St. Croix Island , NB :
• St. Croix Island International Historic Site
This is the location of the first settlement in 1604 (though it was abandoned the following year). Situated on the river between Canada and the U.S., it can be seen by both shorelines. You can't actually go to the island, but there is is information located on the shore on each side. [also]
|St. John, NB :
• Fort Latour
Charles Latour built Fort Sainte Marie (later Fort Latour) here in 1631. All that's left is a raised mound.
• Colchester Historical Museum
Interested in the preservation and interpretation of the historical and natural history of Colchester County. This area included the Acadian area of Cobequid.
Open 10-12 & 2-5 (T-F); 2-5 (S)
|West Pubnico, NS:
• The Acadian Museum & Father d'Entremont Arcives
This museum, by the La Socitete Historique Acadienne de Pubnico-Ouest, contains artifacts of Acadian culture and is located in the old Cape Sable area.
Open 9-5 (except Sunday: 12:30-4:30); mid-June through mid-September
• Le Village historique acadien de la Nouvelle-Écosse
A village of replicated and original Acadian buildings is being put together in southern Nova Scotia. It is scheduled to open in the summer of 1999.
Open 10-5; early June through mid-October
• Fort Edward
This fort was built by the English around 1750 in the Pisiquid area of Acadia. You can still visit the blockhouse.
• West Hants Historical Society Museum
The preserves artifacts and historical information related to Hants County, Nova Scotia ... which includes some Acadian material.
Open 9-5 (M-S) June - September, and also 11-5 (Sun) in June - August
• Grand Pre National Historic Site
The site contains 14 acres of formal gardens, statues, a 19th-century blacksmith's shop and a reconstruction of the Grand Pre church of the Acadians.
Open 9-6; mid-May through mid-October
• Grand Pre Historic Settlement
Tentative plans were made to put together an Acadian village next to the historic site. As far as I know, it was never undertaken. Any news on this project would be appreciated. The link takes you to a page on the idea.
• Acadian Landing Site & Tante Blanche Museum
Van Buren, Maine:
• Acadian Village