GRAND PRE, or LOWER HORTON, a thriving post village in Kings co., N. S.. beautifully situated on Minas Basin, and on the W. & A. R., 15 miles from Windsor. The land hereabouts is very rich, mostly reclaimed by dykes from the Bay of Fundy. This is the scene of Longfellow's "Evangeline." His description is very vivid :
"In the Acadian land on the shores of the Basin of Minas, Distant, secluded, still, the little village
of Grand Pre Lay in the fruitful valley. Vast meadows stretched to the eastward,
Giving the village its name and pasture to flocks without number." And again : "
Still stands the forest primeval ; but under the shade of its branches
Dwells another race, with other customs and language.
Only along the shores of the mournful and misty Atlantic
Linger a few Acadian peasants, whose fathers from exile
Wandeied back to their native land, to die in its bosom.
In the fisherman's cot, the wheel and the loom are still busy;
Maidens still wear their Norman caps and their kirtles of homespun,
And by the evening Are repeat Evangeline's story;
While from its rocky caverns, the deep-voiced neighboring Ocean
Speaks, and in accents disconsolate answers the wail of the forest.'
The scenery around Grand Pre is very grand, particularly that off Cape Blomidon on the shores of the Bay of Fundy. A packet sails weekly between here and Parrsborough. The village contains several stores, a telegraph office, and about 600 inhabitants.
Lovell's gazetteer of British North America; J. Lovell; Montreal, 1873
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