Wedgeport 250th Anniversary

Posted on Thursday, August 10, 2017 12:35 PM

A mass and traditional music are part of a weekend that will mark the founding of an Acadian village in Western Nova Scotia.

In 1767 the family of Joseph Mius d'Azy II and other Acadian families who had been exiled to New England, decided to change their travel plans and instead of going to Québec, settled in Wedgeport.

The first mass was celebrated two years later at the Butte-de-la-Croix at the Chébec Cove on the Tusket River.

In 1992, the descendants of the founding families erected a monument marking the 225th anniversary of Wedgeport.

Another monument will be unveiled Saturday at 2pm.

Cyrille LeBlanc, President of Wedgeport 250th, says a second monument will be unveiled honouring the family and the memory of Robert Francis Boudreau, who was raised on the crescent that bears his name and who was killed during the liberation of France on August 12, 1944.

Leblanc says the weekend events underscore the importance of remembering the history and heritage of Wedgeport.

"It's important to keep the community together and to give a sense of heritage to the community, especially the Acadians who came back to our area in 1767."

On Sunday at 2 pm a mass will be celebrated at the historical site where a cross has been maintained since 1769.

There will be singing of traditional and modern Acadian songs at both events by Ginette Cottreau, Gérard LeBlanc and Simon LeBlanc.

The public is invited.