Saturday, October 10, 2009

Evangeline and Grand Pre

This is one of the beautiful garden in Grand Pre National Historic Site. Grand Pre (French for "large meadow"). This is a memorial to the Acadians that once live here. Their dike system along the shores of Minas Basin, converted and tamed the salt marshes into fertile farmland.
Note the Acadian Cross behind us. It marks the place where the British soldiers forced the resident French farmers and villagers into exile.

A bronze statue of Evangeline in front of the Acadian Church. Evangeline is a fictional character that Henry Wadsworth Longfellow immortalized in his poem "Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie". My Mom love poetry and loved Longfellow's work. I remember her reading this book to me. I never knew that it had any truth. A great book to read.

A painting that was in the church...... called "Deportation of the Acadians".

Another painting in the church called "Burning of the homes".

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