Village Historique Acadien

Village Historique Acadien to receive donation of Irving service station (06/02/01)

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Feb. 1, 2006

CARAQUET (CNB) - The Village Historique Acadien (VHA), in co-operation with the Town of Caraquet, announced today that a 1934 garage donated last year by Irving Oil will be installed on the site May 1, 2006.

The donation was made following a request from the Town of Caraquet, and includes $30,000 towards relocation of the building and the purchase of artifacts to help recreate the atmosphere and look of a service station of that period. The total project, including the village's building restoration and the purchase of additional artifacts, is estimated to be about $200,000.

The building will be moved from its present location in Sackville, N.B., and installed on the Phase II site of the VHA, which recreates the life of a Maritime Acadian community at the turn of the 20th century.

The administrators are particularly happy to welcome this building because it is one of a limited series of company-owned stations built during the 1920s and '30s, featuring a signature turret designed by Acadian architect Sam Roy. As such, it fits perfectly in a setting intended to portray an Acadian community before World War II.

"This is great news for the development and renewal of the Village Historique Acadien," Louis LeBouthillier, general manager of VHA said. "Further development and renewal will help the VHA maintain its position in the New Brunswick tourism industry as the centre of the Acadian experience. The Irving donation is a welcomed gift to add another piece of our shared past to the village."

"We're very pleased to be able to donate to the Village Historique Acadien," Arthur Irving Jr. said. "The village's financial commitment to restore buildings such as this former service station, combined with its skills at restoring these buildings, is commendable."

VHA staff in charge of conservation and repair of buildings has carried out extensive research on the architecture, construction and visual aspect of Irving service stations in New Brunswick, and over next two years will entirely restore the station to its original form.

The Village Historique Acadien is a historical site that recreates the customs and culture of Acadian communities after the deportation of 1755. The original site, opened in 1976, spans the period from 1770 to the 1890s, while Phase II, which opened in 2000, aims at depicting life at the turn of the 20th century. It includes about 40 buildings, most of which are originals which were transported to the site from their initial locations.

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MEDIA CONTACTS: Myriam Léger, public relations, Village Historique Acadien, 506- 726-2600, myriam.leger@gnb.ca; Jennifer Parker, public affairs, Irving Oil, 506-202-2992, Jennifer.Parker@irvingoil.com.

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