Barges de foin salé de Buttes-Amirault

Barges de foin salé de Buttes-Amirault (HM21XT)

Location: Ste. Anne du Ruisseau, Nova Scotia B0W 2X0 Yarmouth County
Country: Canada
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N 43° 49.313', W 65° 58.667'

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Salt Haystacks of Amirault's Hill


Jusaqu'aux années 1950 on pouvait encore voir plus de 1000 barges ou meules de foin entre la Pointe-du-Sault et la Pointe-des-Hubbard, surtout dans la région appelée « Passe de pré ». Des hommes habiles à la faux pouvaient faucher environ quatre tonnes de foin par jour — l'équivalent de quatre barges.
Les pionniers acadiens ont fait preuve d'ingéniosité en construisant des aboiteaux pour réclamer à la mer des terrains fertiles. Ils furent attirés par l'abondance de prés salins qui nourrissaient leur bétail à bon marché.
Les propriétés bienfaitrices du foin salé contribuaient à la bonne santé de leur bétail. Afin de répondre au défi d'entreposer le foin, les habitants construisaient des barges sur des plates-formes capables d'échapper aux marées.
La construction des barges de foin a cessé pendant les années 1950 mais la coutume a repris vie en 1997 alors que quelques résidents ont décidé de construire une meule ancestrale. On construit maintenant une barge chaque été pendant le Festival d'la barge.
Saviez-vous ?
La plate-forme en bois qui retient la barge s'appelle « staddle » ou « straddle » en anglais et « chaffaud », « échafaud » ou « carré » en français. L'échafaud est généralement construit en épinette sans clous. Il peut durer des années —
jusqu'à trois générations!
Pour
plus de renseignements sur l'Excursion interprétive des côtes acadiennes consultez www.CotesacadiennesetYarmouth.com

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Haystack Heydays
Until the 1950s, it was not uncommon to see over 1000 haystacks between Sluice Point and Hubbard's Point, especially in this area known as "Passe de Pré." Men skilled with the scythe would cut about four tonnes of hay a day—the equivalent of four haystacks.
The Acadian settlers were skilled at building dykes and reclaiming coastal lands. The abundance of salt marshes in this region was an attractive feature, as it provided cheap food for their cattle.
As well, the properties of salt hay likely contributed to the good health of their livestock. Yet storage was a challenge, so the homesteaders built elevated haystacks, safe from the rising tides.
Although this practice came to an end in the mid-50s, the custom was revived in 1997 when local residents decided to build a haystack the old-fashioned way. It is now an annual summer event called Festival d'la barge.
Do you know?
The wooden framework on which the hay is stacked is called a "staddle" or "straddle" in English and a "chaffaud," "échafaud" or "carré" in French. Staddles were usually made of spruce and could last years—sometimes
up to three generations! No nails were used.
For more information on the Acadian Shores Interpretive Tour consult www.YarmouthandAcadianShores.com
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HM NumberHM21XT
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Year Placed2008
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Date Added Friday, September 29th, 2017 at 4:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)20T E 260541 N 4856400
Decimal Degrees43.82188333, -65.97778333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 49.313', W 65° 58.667'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 49' 18.7800" N, 65° 58' 40.0200" W
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Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 764 NS-308, Ste. Anne du Ruisseau Nova Scotia B0W 2X0, CA
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