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Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Founding of
The Farmers’ Bank of Rustico (1864-1894)
Museum and Doucet House (Circa 1772)
Acadian Harvest September 3 -30


Exhibition featuring contemporary and traditional Acadian textiles, crafts, music and artwork. Knowledgeable interpreters on site

Mon to Fri
By Appointment

Genealogy of Acadian families of Rustico with Theresa Gallant

Sept 4, 11, 18, 25 at 7: 30 pm
Lectures/ Soirée Series

Sept 4: Earle Lockerby: “Diary of Jeremy Bancroft at Fort Beauséjour & Grand-Pré”
Sept 11: Hon. Marion Reid: "Caring and Coping in the 21st Century"
Sept 18: Georges Arsenault: What old photos can tell us.
Sept 25: Acadian Soirée: Meaghan Blanchard and Jenna Gallant

September 6, 13, 20, 27

Sept 6 and 20th 10:30 am: Harvesting of the Doucet House Heritage Gardens
11:30 am: Bannock baked at the Traditional Bake Oven by Albert Thériault
Sept 13: 9:30am -3:30pm: Acadian basket weaving Workshop with the Island Traditional Basket Weavers (Pre- registration required)
Sept 27: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm: Traditional Acadian Meal with Arnold Smith ( registration requested) & Harvest Fair Sale of Traditional Products, i.e. Pottery, Soap, Place mats, CDs Vegetables, etc.

October 2, 7:30 pm

Lecture by Richard Newson: The Seaside Hotel history, founder, guests, activities

The Friends’ of the Farmers’ Bank gratefully acknowledge the contribution of the Canadian Heritage (BCAH) and the Province of Prince Edward Island for the Acadian Harvest events


June 1 – September 30, Mon-Sat, 9:30 am-5:30 pm, Sun 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
2188 Church Road, Route 243 off Route 6, South Rustico

The Farmers’ Bank of Rustico, a National Historic Site, operated from 1864 to 1894 as the first people’s bank in Canada. Now a museum, an exhibition describes the settlement of the community by the Acadians, and the establishment of the bank by Father Georges-Antoine Belcourt and the Acadians of Rustic; the Farmers’ Bank also is the centre for a Genealogical Centre of Rustico Acadian families. Next door, The Doucet House (c. 1722), an Acadian log house offers interpretive programs.


The June 2013 Newsletter is now available for your reading pleasure. A hard copy can be requested by contacting us. Previous newsletters are available to read here.

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