Centreville history published
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