AMHERST – Cumberland-Colchester MP Bill Casey and Nova Scotia Lt.-Gov. Arthur LeBlanc will unveil a national historic site plaque and welcome visitors to the new view park at Beaubassin on Saturday.
The ceremony begins at 1:30 p.m. followed with refreshments and a chance to walk the site.
Close to two decades after Casey first raised it with officials in Ottawa, the view park at the Beaubassin National Historic Site has been realized.
“Beaubassin was the commercial center of Acadia,” said Casey, noting that 7,000 artifacts have been found and 53 foundations of buildings identified by Parks Canada archaeologists. “Imagine picking up a pipe that an Acadian merchant had been smoking 270 years ago, and he put it down, and said ‘Now where did I put that pipe?’”
Casey said the view park, located near the provincial border at Fort Lawrence, will draw tourists to learn more about the Acadian history along the isthmus, as well as descendants of those early settlers tracing their Acadian roots in the area.