Le Village Historique Acadien de la Nouvelle-Écosse is expanding with the restoration of a post office and shoe shop built in 1885, with help from all three levels of government. Visitors to Le Village will be able to mail postcards from the fully restored post office while also learning about artifacts and tools associated with shoe-making and repairs, circa 1900.
The federal government, through ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund, is contributing $32,637 to support infrastructure restoration, as announced Tuesday, Aug. 26, by West Nova MP Greg Kerr. The Nova Scotia government invested $10,953 through the Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. Additionally, the Municipality of the District of Argyle support included $1,600.
Le Village is a not-for-profit organization, incorporated in 1996, with the goal of providing a better understanding and appreciation of Acadian culture. The Village, located in one of the oldest Acadian regions and overlooking Pubnico harbour, takes visitors back in time to the early 1900s through ongoing restorations of historical buildings, period costumes and displays. This project will help Le Village continue to meet its goal of providing visitors with an optimum experience in terms of historically accuracy and interactivity, officials say.
“This restoration project will improve the visitor experience by adding another interactive element to Le Village,” said Germaine d’Eon, president of the Le Village Historique Acadien de la Nouvelle-Écosse Society. “It is our goal to protect and preserve the Acadian culture, and expanding the village does just that.”
Said Kerr, “Our government is pleased to support projects such as this one that help stimulate tourism across the province and strengthen the economic capacity of rural communities. Our investment will allow Le Village Historique Acadien de la Nouvelle-Écosse to restore a 19th-century post office, adding another authentic element to Le Village and helping to preserve an important piece of Acadian heritage.”
* The community of Pubnico is one of the few Acadian communities where the majority of today’s residents are direct descendants of the founding settlers.
* Le Village first opened as a tourism location in 1999. The concept of the village was created by the Société Historique Acadienne de Pubnico-Ouest in 1989.
* Le Village includes a blacksmith shop, the Augustin d'Eon Fish Shed and salt fish drying racks, a boat shop, the Abbott’s Harbour Lighthouse, a small village farm and an amphitheater featuring lively Acadian music.