Founded in 1976, Acadian Village is one of the largest historical sites in Maine. It is situated along the St. John River just across from the border with Canada. The museum features several buildings (one is a reproduction) built by the Acadians, French settlers who arrived in what is now present-day Nova Scotia; at the time, the territory was called Acadia. Acadians belonged to a separate colony than the Quebec colony, and as a result, over time they developed their own French dialect and culture. The museum explores this history and visitors can tour its six buildings, five of which date back to the 1800s. The village was placed on the National Register of Historic Villages in 1977.
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