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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 Days July 26 to August 22, 2014

Saturday, July 26
12-2 pm

Hot Apple Cider plus traditional candle making demonstrations at the traditional outdoor clay bake oven.

Sunday, July 27
12-2 pm

Hot Apple Cider plus traditional candle making demonstrations at the outdoor clay bake oven.
Photo Booth with Central Coastal Tourism.


Exhibition featuring traditional Acadian textiles, crafts and artwork.
Knowledgeable interpreters in period costume.

By Appointment:
1-3 PM
July 28, 30, August 5, 7, 11, 13, 15, 19, 21

Genealogy of Acadian families of Rustico with Theresa Gallant

Monday & Wednesday 1:30- 3:30 pm
July 28 to August 20

Demonstration in Doucet House of traditional Candle Making and Apple Sauce preparation and knitting.

Tuesday & Friday:
1:30- 3:30 pm:
July 29 to August 21

Individual or Family Photographs taken wearing traditional Acadian costumes at the Doucet House

July 31 to August 21

5-7:30 pm Traditional Acadian Meal prepared at the outdoor Bake oven with charismatic chef Robert Pendergast and accordion music with Camilla Arsenault.
7:30- 9 pm
July 31: Acadian Soiree with Monique & Andy Doucette and Katelyn Gallant
August 7: Lecture on Seaside Hotel by Richard Newson
August 14: Acadian Soiree with Roy Johnstone & Robert Arsenault and Evangeline Step dancers
August 21: Meet the Artists of the Exhibition featuring traditional Acadian textiles, crafts and artwork with Saxophone background music provided by Todd Mac Lean and a basket weaving demonstration by Island Traditional Basket Weavers.

Friday, August 15
National Acadian Day

11:30 am Raising of Canadian and Acadian Flags.
11:30 am - 12:30 pm: Traditional Acadian fish dish prepared by Robert Pendergast, with celebration cake, and traditional Accordion Music.
Photo Booth with Central Coastal Tourism and Single or Family Photographs taken wearing traditional Acadian costumes

August 2 to 16
10-12 noon

August 2 Traditional Art and Craft Making for Children
August 9 Tour of Doucet House Heritage Vegetable Garden
August 16 Scavenger Hunt of Doucet House and Heritage Vegetable Garden Traditional Handcraft Demonstrations

Sunday: August 3 to 17
1:30-3:30 pm

Traditional Handcraft Demonstrations

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 Day event


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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