Interpretive panel unveiled at Rocco Point chapel
A ceremony commemorating the Surette family's history was unveiled at Rocco Point, Yarmouth County on Monday, Aug. 26.
An interpretive panel documenting the arrival of the Sauret family in Nova Scotia was unveiled by Argyle MLA Chris d’Entremont, Argyle Warden Aldric d’Entremont and project organizer Ron Surette during the ceremony.
The panel provides Surette family highlights and features the image of Acadian artist Nelson Surette, along with one of his paintings, depicting the expulsion. Surette was a Yarmouth-born artist whose works often featured Acadian themes. He died in 2004.
The first Surette in Nova Scotia, was Pierre Sauret l, who emigrated from France in 1705 and settled at Port Royal. His sons moved to Grand Pré and faced the hardships arising from the deportation of Acadians in 1755. The Surette families escaped deportation by hiding in the forests. After four years, they turned themselves in and were imprisoned until 1763 when British - French hostilities ended.
The family moved to Eel Brook after 1766 when British officer Ranald MacKinnon began leasing parcels of land to Acadians.
The project has been undertaken by Ron Surette, director of economic development for the Kespu'kwitk Métis Council, with support from the province's department of Acadian Affairs.