To the Acadian Memorial in Caraquet.
When we were in Louisiana last year we learned of the deportation of the Acadians. This area, Caraquet and many towns in New Brunswick, were settled by some of those deported from their homes in Acadia in 1755 which was named Nova Scotia when the British took rule. It is a very harsh story of how the French settlers were deported.
The Church at the Memorial
The small Chapel
Where the outdoor Masses are offered.
The main altar
Stations of the Cross
Third Joyful Mystery, the Birth of Jesus.
Historic Acadia Village, set in the 1770's
Demonstration on making a scutch broom by shaving the branch. 1 to 1 1/2 hour to do the first part.
Another 1 or more to do the second part, and 1/2 hr. to finish off the handle. A broom would last about 2 years. The floor in this home was clay. So it was always moist. Those living here always wore shoes inside. Shoes were made of moose skins. (moccasins)
There were 40 homes, shops, barns, stores, hotel and many more to visit. The buildings were from 1770 into 1939. It was interesting to see the different stoves.
A hand driven sewing machine.
Making the fishing net by tying knots. It took 2 weeks to do 4 ft.
Making 4 ply rope.
See the stove (stone and pipe) in the center. This was a steamer to soften the wood so it could be bent. Used in boat and ship building.
Wool in the shed, waiting to be carded and spun.
Strips of fabric woven into the burlap. So different from the hobby hooked rugs.
Hay wagon. Need hay for the many animals. Lots of chickens, some goats, sheep, cows, a donkey, rabbits and more.
It takes a year to make 35 to 40 yards of linen fabric. 100 days to grow it. Then it must dry for 3 to 5 weeks.
Flax needed to be crimped.
Carded. As it is spun, water needed to be added to make it pliable. We take so much for granted.
Using a measure he know exactly where to split the log so the shingles are the same thickness.
Making the last split. It was important to have the grooves of the grain of the wood so the rainwater would run down the grain.
Trimming the end of the shingle
The well was made first.
Then the house around the well. Indoor water available.
The schoolhouse. The primary language of the docents is French. 90 % of those touring the Village were French speaking. The docents would greet visitors with Bon joure. if we said hello they knew we preferred they speak in English. The school teacher talked a few sentences in French and then in English so we could all heard her information.
Making a straw hat
The straw needed to be soaked in water so it was pliable.
Three products from the Grist Mill. 1st bran, 2nd wheat germ and 3rd flour. The first two were fed to the animals because they only wanted the flour for baking.
Grain elevators carried the grain through the process.
Coppersmith making barrels.
This house has a recycled window. Can you find it?
There were only two small bedrooms upstairs in this large house. Otherwise the second floor was used for storage. Especially in the 1780' grain would be stored upstairs, be kept dry plus act as an insulation.
What an incredible and interesting day. We sure take so much for granted.
We are staying at Walmart in Miramichi, New Brunswick.