History in a Valley

“When, in 1750, La Loutre, the missionary priest, organized the raid on the little settlement at Dartmouth, the village at the Crossing Place saw the gathering of the tribes, and may also have seen the bloody trophies which the Indians carried on their return. An English officer and his men visited Hebert in 1754:

We forded the Shubenacadie where the Stewiacke or Torbay river falls into it to a village called Pierre Hebert. This is a fine settlement, has a vast quantity of the best marshlands belonging to it …. We came so suddenly upon the inhabitants that they had not time to escape from us, though they were wonderfully dismayed; we soon removed their fears, and we purchased some refreshments from them, which was a happy relief as it was short commons with most of us.

What became of the people at the Crossing Place, it is impossible to say, though it is known that some found their way at the time of the expulsion to the Isle St. Jeans. There they endured great privation and suffering. The names of a few are to be found in the list of those who were later taken to France. The village itself was burned, and the homes in the valley were destroyed. Vestiges of the little settlement remain to this day. Several old cellars have not yet been filled in, two wells are in good condition, and a number of old apple trees still bear fruit. A perennial silence reigns at the Crossing Place and over the marshes where, two centuries ago, the Acadian milkmaid drove home her cows and the song of the workmen lightened the labour of dike building.”

Campbell, G.G. “History in a Valley” Dalhousie Review, Volume 09, Number 2, 1929 https://dalspace.library.dal.ca/bitstream/handle/10222/64292/dalrev_vol9_iss2_pp157_167.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y