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Known as the Birthplace of the New Acadia, the Village de Memramcook has a population of about 5,000 and is located near the Moncton's shopping centers and close to the Nova Scotia border.

Following the deportation, several Acadian families came here to clear the land and to benefit from the fertile soil. The hard work of the first settlers as well as the construction of strong dykes, which the Acadians called aboiteau used for the irrigation of marshlands,and so as to reclaim land from the marshes, has made this area an ideal place for the breeding of Holstein dairy cows and cattle. The hay in the marshlands is an excellent source of nutrition for livestock. Blueberry picking is one of the area's agricultural activities.

There are three parishes: the Saint-Thomas of Memramcook parish which, in 1781, became the first Acadian and religious parish in New Brunswick, Notre-Dame de Lourdes founded in 1898 and Notre-Dame de l'Annonciation in Pré-d'en-Haut founded in 1934.

Memramcook a MicMac word meaning crooked river, is a chocolate looking river that runs through the valley. Very good friends of the Acadians, the Micmac Indians always lived nearby. An historical site located here is the Chapelle Saint-Anne in Beaumont, which was built by the Miqmaks in 1842, as well as the rectory and the cemetery.

His Excellency the Right Honourable Roméo LeBlanc, Governor General, was born in Cormier's Cove.

Saint Joseph College was founded in 1864 by Father Camille Lefebvre. The college's 50th anniversary was celebrated with the erection of a bronze statue of Father Lefebvre sculptured by Montreal sculptor Henri Hébert.

The first Acadian religious community - Les Petites Soeurs de la Sainte-Famille was founded by Mother Marie Léonie in 1877 to gather young Acadian women into the service of the church.

The Congregation of the Sisters of Notre-Dame du Sacré-Coeur was founded in 1924 and the mother house was located in Memramcook. These sisters were educators and worked 70 years teaching the children of the Memramcook area as well as in Kent and Westmorland Counties.

Time Line for Memramcook

Colonization by the Acadians began three centuries ago.

  • 1605 - Explorations of Champlain and Poutrincourt

  • 1676 - Memramcouke becomes part of the Seigneurerie of LaVallière, Beaubassin

  • 1700 - First settlement of Pierre "Pître" Gaudet and of René Blanchard

  • 1713 - Port-Royal families come to settle at Memramcouke

  • 1740 - First chapel on the shore is on the Memramcouke River

    Home of Pierre-à-Michel
    Home of Beaumont

  • 1751 - 250 people now live in Memramcouke

    The Galisonnière Fort is built
    Levees and dykes

  • 1755 - Colonel Scott and his 300 soldiers hunt down the people of Memramcouke

    Three villages are built in the area

  • 1766 - The first Post-Acadian village is founded at Montain and it is known as LePlatte Village

    Desbarres Dealings and Lands

  • 1770 - Colonization of the Point-à-l'Ours/Bear Point Village

  • 1780 - First church is built on the west shore of the Memramcouke

  • 1781- First Acadian and first religious parish of New Brunswick established at Memramcouke

  • 1790 - Colonization of Old Man Gould's village (Gould a.k.a. Doiron)

  • 1795 - Montain church destroyed by fire

  • 1802 - Bisihops Denaut and Plessis of Québec decide to establish a religious order in Memramcook and a college as well. This work was entrusted to the Fathers of Faith/Foi. Meanwhile, the Governor General and the Provincial Lieutenant Governors fiercely opposed this plan.

  • 1803 - Bishop Denaut of Québec, makes his pastoral visit to many Acadian communities, among them, Memramcouke

  • 1806 - The first parish registers of Memramcouke are opened

  • 1811 - In 1811, it is decided to build St. Joseph's Church. It is not until 1816-1818 that this plan is finally put in motion.

  • 1840 - The first Acadian stone church is built

  • 1842 - Ste-Anne at Beaumont is built

  • 1847- The Desbarres affairs which began in 1770 finally end with the purchase of the first lands conceded to William Desbarres.

  • 1852 - The arrival of Father Lafrance

  • 1854 - The establishement of Saint Thomas Seminary

  • 1857- The Dedication of Saint Thomas of Memramcouke Church

  • 1864 - Father Camille Lefebvre establishes Saint Joseph College

  • 1873 - The Sisters of Charity open the first convent

  • 1877 - The Little Sisters of the Holy Family establish themselves

  • 1881 - The first National Acadian Congress

  • 1896 - Monument Lefebvre is built

  • 1898 - The Church of Our Lady of Lourdes is built

  • 1924 - The foundation of the Congregation of Notre-Dame-du-Sacré-Coeur/Our Lady of the Sacred Heart takes place

  • 1933 - Saint Joseph College is destroyed by fire

  • 1934 - Pré-d'en-Haut builds its church

  • 1941 - Caisse Populaire de Memramcook/Credit Union of Memramcook is established

  • 1944 - Fondation de la Caisse Populaire de Pré-d'en-Haut/Credit Union is established

  • 1953 - Saint Joseph University's first classes begin at Moncton

  • 1958 - A regional school is built at Memramcook

  • 1963 - Saint Joseph University is renamed the University of Moncton

  • 1966 - The Institute of Memramcook is established

  • Source: Memramcook History and timeline obtained
    at the Monument Lefebvre, Memramcook, July 1999.

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