L’Acadie de Chezzetcook's Heritage
L’Acadie de Chezzetcook has a strong interest in supporting and sharing the historic records of our community. We participate in (what project) and make our records available to anyone who wishes to research their Acadian ancestry. We also sell genealogy books for some of the Acadian names common to our community. This includes: Julien, Wolfe, Roma, LaPierre, Murphy, Pettipas and others.
We are pleased to offer you the service and privacy of our Genealogy room. In the Welcome Center, staff will show you how to search our collection of genealogy books, photographs and documents to help you piece together your history.
1708 – Census places Acadians in Chezzetcook
1740 – First chapel is built in Grand Desert
1750 – Ten Acadian families are living on Chezzetcook inlet
1772 – Joseph LaPierre and his family move to Grand Desert
1780 – Petition by Louis Ben Pettipas to farm Chezzetcook Inlet marsh hay
1802 – First of many schooners built in Chezzetcook Inlet
1800 à 1906 – Chezzetcook Brickyards makes and exports bricks
1814 – St.Anselm’s Parish builds wooden church
1836 – First land grant approved to build a dyke
1885 – First school built in Grand Desert
Late 1800’s – Clothing factory produces 3-piece suits, coats and women’s long skirts
1900 – Clam factory established in Grand Desert
1916 – First passenger train passes through community
1923 – Post office built in Grand Desert
1949 – Practice bombing range for Canadian Air Force established in Grand Desert
1960 – Students bussed to new communities and French language begins to disappear
1992 – Sisters of Charity leave West Chezzetcook
1996 – L’Acadie de Chezzetcook registered (originally as West Chezzetcook Grand Desert Community Interest Group)
2001 – Acadian House Museum Officially opens
2013 – École des Beaux-Marais, the first French school on the Eastern Shore opens in Porters Lake
2014 – L’Acadie de Chezzetcook becomes member of FANE
2015 – St.Anselm’s Parish celebrates 200th anniversary
We want to share with you the knowledge of how our ancestors accomplished their daily tasks! Come see us on Wednesdays to participate in various demonstrations, such as bread baking in an outdoor oven, broom making, butter churning, wildflower honey making, shoe making, yarn spinning and carding, rug hooking, knitting and crocheting, homemade fudge and molasses taffy making and more! Be sure to check our Upcoming Events page for more details.
Inquire about becoming a Member of our group at the Museum, or other community groups, such as the Rug Hooking or French Club!
Come see what is growing in our garden! Traditional vegetables for Acadian families included potatos, beets, carrots, parsnips, turnips, cabbage, onions, chives, salad greens and herbs. Ask our guides about the Acadian lifestyle, and how the people made ends meet between hunting, fishing, harvesting salt-marsh hay and foraging in the forest.
Upon arrival, you will be greeted by a traditionally dressed Acadian guide. Allow them to open your eyes to the Acadian world of Chezzetcook, through a guided tour of the site. $3/person or $6/family
Volunteers and supporters are able to participate in many different ways:
- Become a member;
- Share your ideas for the site or community needs;
- Participate in our events;
- Be a volunteer;
- Share your musical talents at one of our events;
- Help organize an activity;
- Run a children’s program;
- Welcome visitors;
- Demonstrate a traditional skill like knitting, weaving, candy-making or gardening;
- Bake for an event;
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