Near Grand Pré in Kings County, Nova Scotia — The Canadian Atlantic
Grand-Pré Rural Historic District
Arrondissement Historique Rurual de Grand-Pré
The villages of Grand-Pré and Hortonville, and the fertile farmlands which surround them, comprise one of the oldest settlement and land use patterns of European origin in Canada. Acadians began settling near Grand-Pré in the 1680s, attracted by the vast stretches of tidal marshes. Employing ingenious dyke-building techniques developed at Port-Royal, Acadian farmers enclosed over one thousand acres of marshlands which, when desalinated, created superior cropland. The houses of Grand-Pré village, scattered amidst the orchards and woodlots of the upper fringe, stood along the southern boundary of the principal marsh. Following the Acadian deportation in 1755, a British township survey was superimposed on the area for the settlement of New England Planters, who adopted the existing marshland agricultural technology. The Planters’ main settlement, which survives as the present villages of Grand-Pré and Hortonville, developed on the site of its Acadian predecessor. The combined agricultural traditions of the Acadians and the Planters have evolved to create a distinctive rural landscape of today’s Grand-Pré.
Les villages de Grand-Pré et de Hortonville, ainsi que les fertiles terres agricole qui les entourent, présentent un de modèles européens de colonisation et d’utilisation des terres parmi
Erected by Historic Sites and Monument Board of Canada/Commission de lieux et monuments historique du Canada.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Canada, Historic Sites and Monuments Board marker series.
Location. 45° Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2205 Grand-Pré Road, Grand Pré, Nova Scotia B0P, Canada.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Expulsion of the Acadians (within shouting distance of this marker); Statue of Evangeline (about 210 meters away, measured in a direct line).
More about this marker. This marker is on the grounds of the Grand-Pré Rural Historic Site,
Also see . . .
1. Grand-Pré, Nova Scotia - Wikipedia. Its French name translates to "Great Meadow" and the community lies at the eastern edge of the Annapolis Valley several kilometres east of the town of Wolfville on a peninsula jutting into the Minas Basin surrounded by extensive dyked farm fields, framed by the Gaspereau and Cornwallis Rivers. The community was made famous by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem Evangeline and is today home to the Grand-Pré National Historic Site. On June 30, 2012, the Landscape of Grand-Pré was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. (Submitted on November 8, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
2. Grand Pré National Historic Site of Canada - Parks Canada (Submitted on November 8, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
Categories. • Agriculture • Settlements & Settlers •
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