Where the Acadian families lived

Melanson Settlement National Historic Site

Acadian family villages were located from the Melanson settlement to Paradise (Paradis) more than 30 kilometres up the Annapolis River.

Homeowners typically placed their houses, outbuildings, orchards, and gardens on upland terraces. Below, they dyked the salt marshes, which they turned into fertile farmland. Acadian dyke-land agriculture began here in the Port-Royal area.

The Melanson Settlement

Charles Melanson dit La Ramée and Marie Dugas began this family village after their marriage about 1664. From then until 1755, four generations of Melansons lived here. At its maximum, there were 10 to 12 households.

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