Cen­tre­ville his­tory published

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Mack Frail’s in­ter­est in his­tory first be­gan when boy­hood friends told him about rock foun­da­tions around Cen­tre­ville that were sites of Aca­dian home­steads. Around the sites were wil­lows, Daphne and other plants the Aca­di­ans brought here from France.

Around Cen­tre­ville, there was also other ev­i­dence sug­gest­ing a one time Aca­dian pres­ence: old roads (one of­ten re­ferred to as the “Old French Road”), a mill site ru­moured in lo­cal folk­lore to be of Aca­dian ori­gin, and an­cient changes in lo­cal wa­ter­ways also be­lieved to be the work of the Aca­di­ans, all of which fur­ther whet­ted Frail’s in­ter­est in Cen­tre­ville’s his­tory.

Two his­tor­i­cal writ­ers - Ea­ton in the his­tory of Kings County and Ersk­ine in The French Pe­riod in Nova Sco­tia - re­fer to Aca­dian home­steads in Cen­tre­ville, fur­ther con­firm­ing what Frail al­ready sus­pected.

Frail writes about the Aca­dian set­tle­ment and other as­pects of Cen­tre­ville’s his­tory in a book he be­gan com­pil­ing a decade ago. The book was re­cently published and it’s an im­por­tant ad­di­tion to the his­tory of Kings County. Frail points out that Cen­tre­ville has “some­how failed to be prop­erly rec­og­nized for its his­tory,” and he sets out to cor­rect this in his

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