The Founding Families Monument of Bouctouche serves as a historical tribute to the local pioneers who arrived in 1786, including François and Hélène LeBlanc; Charlitte and his first wife Marie LeBlanc, and his second wife Madeleine; Isidore and Rosalie Bastarache; and Joseph and Marie Bastarache. Additionally, the monument acknowledges other early families within the parish.
Constructed during the 1954-1955 bicentennial commemoration of the deportation, this monument consists of a large stone cross, originally from the base of a church’s façade, designed in 1926 by Anselme Roy, a Bouctouche architect and entrepreneur. The stones at the base symbolize the Acadian origins of the region, tracing back to France, Grand-Pré, Memramcook, and Bouctouche. The monument is further adorned with four dressed stone pillars and a commemorative plaque, making it an iconic landmark of Bouctouche. It is situated between 70 and 76 Acadie Avenue, Bouctouche.
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