Important conservation and restoration work is underway at Grand-Pré National Historic Site. Parks Canada is committed to preserving both the natural and cultural heritage of it’s sites and invites visitors to take a closer look at these monuments through time and how they are currently being conserved.

Memorial Church

A front view of the church with the statue of Evangeline in front.
In this early-twentieth century image, the Memorial Church has not yet been covered by ivy. Note the original roofing and apple orchard to the left.
Credit: Centre d’études acadiennes Anselme-Chiasson, Université de Moncton, PB3-151

A side view of the church.
In this side profile of the newly constructed Memorial Church, we can see the Herbin Cross on the right hand side of the image. Note that Victorian gardens are in its early stages of development.
Credit: Centre d’études acadiennes Anselme-Chiasson, Université de Moncton, PB3-121

A side view of the church with the well in the foreground.
A young lady is sitting on the Evangeline Well, enjoying the beauty of the site with the ivy covered Memorial Church in the background.
Credit: Centre d’études acadiennes Anselme-Chiasson, Université de Moncton, PB3-037

A front view of the church from afar with trees in the foreground.
This image of the Memorial Church, framed by the trees, helps to create the illusion of a natural entryway to the Grand-Pré Park.
Credit: Centre d’études acadiennes Anselme-Chiasson, Université de Moncton, PB3-061

Evangeline statue

This bronze statue, unveiled on July 29,1920 by the Dominion Atlantic Railway, was designed by famous Canadian sculptor of Acadian descent, Louis-Philippe Hébert (1850 to 1917) and created by his son, sculptor Henri Hébert (1884 to 1950).

In Hebert’s creation, Evangeline perpetually grieves for her lost homeland of Acadie and the loss of her beloved, Gabriel. For the past century, Evangeline has been greeting visitors as they enter the historic site, but now her stone base requires much needed repairs so that she can stand for another 100 years.

A family portrait.
Louis-Philippe Hébert’s family in 1896. Between the parents from the left: Lucien, Blanche, Henri, Yvonne, Adrien and Pauline, who was the model for the statue of Evangeline.
Credit: William Notman

A picture of Pauline.
Here we see Pauline in 1915 sitting in front of a sculpture of her father, Louis-Philippe Hébert.
Credit: Courtesy

The statue of Evangeline.
In 1920, after a long and tumultuous journey from France to Nova Scotia, Evangeline arrived at Grand-Pré to be lifted on her pedestal.
Credit: Centre d’études acadiennes Anselme-Chiasson, Université de Moncton, PA2-1414

People gathered around the statue of Evangeline for its unveiling.
Visitors and enthusiasts gather around the statue of Longfellow’s heroine, Evangeline Statue. She was unveiled on July 29, 1920, much to the admiration of well-dressed onlookers.
Credit: Nova Scotia Archives

A picture montage of the statue of Evangeline through the four seasons.
The Evangeline statue throughout the four seasons at the National Historic Site.
Credit: Courtesy

Herbin cross | Longfellow bust | Planters monument

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's bust.
Between the Evangeline well and the Herbin Cross, we find the bust dedicated to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 to 1882) the famous author of the poem “Evangeline: A tale of Acadie”. It was erected by the Government of Nova Scotia and unveiled in August of 1955 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Acadian Deportation.
Credit: André Audet Photography

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's bust.
The inscription beneath the bust reads: “Evangeline”, his poignant tale of the acadian lovers of Grand-Pré has enshrined in the hearts of the world the tragic memory of the expulsion, two centuries ago.
Credit: François Gaudet

People gathered around the Herbin Cross.
The Herbin Cross was erected in 1909 to mark the site of the Acadian cemetery and the plaques were added in 1925 as a memorial to John Frederic Herbin. Herbin played an important role in the development of the “Grand-Pré Park” before it became a National Historic Site.
Credit: Centre d’études acadiennes Anselme-Chiasson, Université de Moncton, PB3-0154

The Herbin Cross.
The plaque on the Herbin Cross reads: “In grateful remembrance of John Frederic Herbin whose memory was made sacred to the Acadian people by his benevolent interest in them, exemplified by his writings and his works.”
Credit: André Audet Photography

The Planters' cairn.
The Planters Cairn at Horton Landing commemorates the arrival of New England settlers in the area from 1760 to 1763.
Credit: François Gaudet

The Deportation Cross.
The Deportation Cross marks the site of embarkation of the Acadians during the deportation of 1755.
Credit: François Gaudet

Conservation work 2020

The Evangeline statue with the church in the background surrounded by construction staging.
The statue of Evangeline being prepared for conservation work to begin. In the distance, the Memorial Church is also being prepared for much needed conservation work.
Credit: François Gaudet

The church covered and surrounded by construction staging.
The Grand-Pré Memorial Church is undergoing important repairs and conservation work to preserve it for future generations. The restoration work to be completed includes; masonry on the exterior front facade, the lunette window, front doors, and surrounding windows of the Church.
Credit: François Gaudet

The Evangeline statue surrounded by a metal fence with the church in the background surrounded by construction staging.
The site may look different than what you are used to. As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Evangeline statue, we are also ensuring that she, as well as the Memorial Church and other site monuments last for many years to come. The timing for this refurbishment is ideal as the Memorial Church will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2022.
Credit: François Gaudet

It’s not too late to contribute

If you have historic photos that you would like to contribute to our virtual exhibit of photos, postcards, stories or #ParksMemories related to Grand-Pré’s past, please send them to pc.grandpre.pc@canada.ca.