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Barges de foin salé de Buttes-Amirault

Salt Haystacks of Amirault's Hill

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., July 24, 2017
1. Barges de foin salé de Buttes-Amirault/Salt Haystacks of Amirault's Hill Marker
Inscription.

Jusaqu'aux années 1950 on pouvait encore voir plus de 1000 barges ou meules de foin entre la Pointe-du-Sault et la Pointe-des-Hubbard, surtout dans la région appelée « Passe de pré ». Des hommes habiles à la faux pouvaient faucher environ quatre tonnes de foin par jour — l'équivalent de quatre barges.

Les pionniers acadiens ont fait preuve d'ingéniosité en construisant des aboiteaux pour réclamer à la mer des terrains fertiles. Ils furent attirés par l'abondance de prés salins qui nourrissaient leur bétail à bon marché.

Les propriétés bienfaitrices du foin salé contribuaient à la bonne santé de leur bétail. Afin de répondre au défi d'entreposer le foin, les habitants construisaient des barges sur des plates-formes capables d'échapper aux marées.

La construction des barges de foin a cessé pendant les années 1950 mais la coutume a repris vie en 1997 alors que quelques résidents ont décidé de construire une meule ancestrale. On construit maintenant une barge chaque été pendant le Festival d'la barge.

Saviez-vous ?
La plate-forme en bois qui retient la barge s'appelle « staddle » ou « straddle » en anglais et « chaffaud », « échafaud » ou « carré » en français. L'échafaud est généralement construit en épinette sans clous. Il peut durer des années — jusqu'à trois générations!

Pour

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By William Fischer, Jr., July 24, 2017
2. Barges de foin salé de Buttes-Amirault/Salt Haystacks of Amirault's Hill Marker
plus de renseignements sur l'Excursion interprétive des côtes acadiennes consultez www.CotesacadiennesetYarmouth.com
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Haystack Heydays
Until the 1950s, it was not uncommon to see over 1000 haystacks between Sluice Point and Hubbard's Point, especially in this area known as "Passe de Pré." Men skilled with the scythe would cut about four tonnes of hay a day—the equivalent of four haystacks.

The Acadian settlers were skilled at building dykes and reclaiming coastal lands. The abundance of salt marshes in this region was an attractive feature, as it provided cheap food for their cattle.

As well, the properties of salt hay likely contributed to the good health of their livestock. Yet storage was a challenge, so the homesteaders built elevated haystacks, safe from the rising tides.

Although this practice came to an end in the mid-50s, the custom was revived in 1997 when local residents decided to build a haystack the old-fashioned way. It is now an annual summer event called Festival d'la barge.

Do you know?
The wooden framework on which the hay is stacked is called a "staddle" or "straddle" in English and a "chaffaud," "échafaud" or "carré" in French. Staddles were usually made of spruce and could last years—sometimes

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By William Fischer, Jr., July 24, 2017
3. Barges de foin salé de Buttes-Amirault/Salt Haystacks of Amirault's Hill
Hay is stacked in the distance
up to three generations! No nails were used.

For more information on the Acadian Shores Interpretive Tour consult www.YarmouthandAcadianShores.com
 
Erected 2008.
 
Location. 43° 49.313′ N, 65° 58.667′ W. Marker is in Hubbard's Point, Nova Scotia, in Yarmouth County. Marker is at the intersection of Nova Scotia Route 308 and Chemin des Gasson, on the right when traveling south on Provincial Route 308. Touch for map. Marker is at a roadside pull-off viewing area. Marker is in this post office area: Hubbard's Point, Nova Scotia B0W 2X0, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Argyle Township Court House and Gaol (approx. 3.7 kilometers away); Law in Nova Scotia / La Loi en Nouvelle-Écosse (approx. 3.7 kilometers away); The/Le Village of Tusket (approx. 3.7 kilometers away); United Empire Loyalists (approx. 3.8 kilometers away); World Wars Memorial (approx. 3.8 kilometers away); Église Ste-Anne Church (approx. 3.9 kilometers away); Saint Anne Catholic Church Veterans Memorial (approx. 3.9 kilometers away); L'histoire des Surette / History of the Surettes (approx. 4.1 kilometers away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Salt Hay Stacks. (Submitted on September 29, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Yarmouth and Acadian Shores. (Submitted on September 29, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 29, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 29, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 54 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 29, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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