Nova Scotia Archives

This is Our Home: Acadians of Nova Scotia

A virtual exhibit celebrating the Acadian Experience in Nova Scotia over the past 150 years. Three dozen heritage photographs tell the story of reliance upon the land and sea, document the record of built heritage, provide insight into social activities, and showcase traditional dress and handcrafts — especially the world-famous Cheticamp hooked rug. Also see our other Acadian Virtual Archives


Where the Acadians embarked for deportation, Grand Pre, Kings Co., N.S.
Date: 193-?
Photographer: Clara Dennis
Reference no.: Clara Dennis Nova Scotia Archives accession no. 1981-541 no. 746

Acadians at Grand Pre
Date: ca. 1955
Photographer: Nova Scotia Information Service
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Information Service Nova Scotia Archives  NSIS 9764

Acadian Bicentennial
Date: 1955
Photographer: Nova Scotia Information Service
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Information Service Nova Scotia Archives  NSIS 9702

General view of Saulnierville area, Meteghan
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives  Photo Collection: Places - Meteghan (Saulnierville area) - General view

Acadian women
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives  Photo Collection: People - Acadian French Women

Windmill and House, Saulnierville
Date: ca. 1915?
Photographer: Paul Yates
Reference no.: Paul Yates, Annapolis County Historic Restoration Society Nova Scotia Archives accession no. 1988-269.1.1 no. 551

The Hotel, Comeauville, N.S.
Date: ca. 193-?
Photographer: Clara Dennis
Reference no.: Clara Dennis Nova Scotia Archives accession no. 1981-541 no. 343

Church at St. Bernard, Digby Co., N.S.
Date: 193-?
Photographer: Clara Dennis
Reference no.: Clara Dennis Nova Scotia Archives accession no. 1981-541 no. 465

Saint Mary’s Church at Church Point
Date: ca. 1948
Photographer: Nova Scotia Information Service
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Information Service Nova Scotia Archives  NSIS 3860

Clare Festival, Church Point with Université Ste.-Anne in background
Date: ca. 1958
Photographer: Nova Scotia Information Service
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Information Service Nova Scotia Archives  NSIS 12221

Fisherman's Rosary, St. Alphonsé, between the Roman Catholic Church and Rectory
Date: 1960
Photographer: Nova Scotia Information Service
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Information Service Nova Scotia Archives  Photo Collection: Places: Church Point - Churches - Fisherman's Rosary

Comeau Fish Plant, Saulnierville
Date: ca. 1960
Photographer: Nova Scotia Information Service
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Information Service Nova Scotia Archives  NSIS 14139

La Vielle Maison, Meteghan, N.S., one of the oldest Acadian houses on the ‘French Shore’
Date: ca. 1960
Photographer: Nova Scotia Information Service
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Information Service Nova Scotia Archives  Photo Collection: Places - Meteghan - Houses - La Vielle Maison

Dancers – Robichaud House, Clare
Date: August 1969
Photographer: Nova Scotia Information Service
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Information Service Nova Scotia Archives  NSIS 24249

Three old Frenchmen at Pubnico
Date: 193-?
Photographer: Clara Dennis
Reference no.: Clara Dennis Nova Scotia Archives accession no. 1983-468 no. 115

Fish drying on flakes, West Pubnico
Date: ca. 1951
Photographer: Nova Scotia Information Service
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Information Service Nova Scotia Archives  NSIS 6632

Spreading Irish Moss to Dry at West Pubnico
Date: ca. 1956
Photographer: Nova Scotia Information Service
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Information Service Nova Scotia Archives  NSIS 10865

Mending nets, West Pubnico
Date: ca. 1956
Photographer: Nova Scotia Information Service
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Information Service Nova Scotia Archives  NSIS 10864

L’Ardoise
Date: 193-?
Photographer: Clara Dennis
Reference no.: Clara Dennis Nova Scotia Archives accession no. 1981-541 no. 677

Larrys River, Guysborough Co. N.S.
Photographer: Rev. A.H. Cormier
Reference no.: Buckley Family Nova Scotia Archives accession no. 1985-386 no. 462

Acadian woman, Chezzetcook, with basket of eggs and hand-knit woolen socks
Date: June 1856
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives  NSARM Photo Collection: People - Acadian French Women

Old type of windmill use[d] for grinding grain at French Acadian settlement at West Chezzetcook. Hx. Co., N.S. (8 sails; 4 of them boarded over, & 4 for canvas)
Date: 1 June 1930
Photographer: Allen Fraser
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives  NSARM Photo Collection: Agriculture - Windmill

Oldest store in Arichat, C.B., Thomas J. Boudreau
Date: ca. 193-?
Photographer: Clara Dennis
Reference no.: Clara Dennis Nova Scotia Archives accession no. 1981-541 no. 332

Haying near River Bourgeous [Bourgeois], Cape Breton
Date: ca.1951
Photographer: Nova Scotia Information Service
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Information Service Nova Scotia Archives  NSIS 6268

Cheticamp
Date: ca. 1955
Photographer: Nova Scotia Information Service
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Information Service Nova Scotia Archives  NSIS 9724

Unloading record catch of herring at Cheticamp
Date: ca. 1955
Photographer: Nova Scotia Information Service
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Information Service Nova Scotia Archives  NSIS 9285

Unloading record catch of herring at Cheticamp
Date: ca. 1955
Photographer: Nova Scotia Information Service
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Information Service Nova Scotia Archives  NSIS 9287

Packing lobster in factory near Cheticamp
Date: ca. 1959
Photographer: Nova Scotia Information Service
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Information Service Nova Scotia Archives  NSIS 13393

Lobster factory near Cheticamp
Date: ca. 1959
Photographer: Nova Scotia Information Service
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Information Service Nova Scotia Archives  NSIS 13392

Mat, Belle Marsh near Cheticamp C.B., Mrs. Joseph Chaission [Chaisson]
Date: 193-?
Photographer: Clara Dennis
Reference no.: Clara Dennis Nova Scotia Archives accession no. 1981-541 no. 12

Hooking famous Cheticamp rug
Date: ca. 1959
Photographer: Nova Scotia Information Service
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Information Service Nova Scotia Archives  NSIS 13104

Outlining Cheticamp rug
Date: ca. 1959
Photographer: Nova Scotia Information Service
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Information Service Nova Scotia Archives  NSIS 13103

Dying wool for famous Cheticamp rugs
Date: ca. 1959
Photographer: Nova Scotia Information Service
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Information Service Nova Scotia Archives  NSIS 13102

Tourists stop to buy famous Cheticamp rugs
Date: ca. 1959
Photographer: Nova Scotia Information Service
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Information Service Nova Scotia Archives  NSIS 13109

Selling hooked rugs at Cheticamp
Date: ca. 1963
Photographer: Nova Scotia Information Service
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Information Service Nova Scotia Archives  NSIS 17039