Hortonville, Nova Scotia

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Hortonville, Nova Scotia is located in Nova Scotia
Hortonville, Nova Scotia
Hortonville in Nova Scotia

Hortonville is a community in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, located in Kings County at the mouth of the Gaspereau River beside Grand Pre. The site of Fort Vieux Logis is located by the river at Hortonville, built by the British during Father Le Loutre's War to control the nearby Acadian settlements. The landing at Hortonville was used in 1755 to deport the majority of Acadians from Grand Pre during the Bay of Fundy Campaign of the Expulsion of the Acadians and is today marked an Acadian Memorial Cross. The same landing was used in 1760 when New England Planters arrived to re-settle the Grand Pre area and is marked by a National Historic Sites and Monuments Board plaque commemorating the Planters.

Acadian Memorial Cross, at Hortonville, marking the deportation site

At first known as Horton Landing, Hortonville was surveyed as a the main townsite for the New England Planters Horton Township settlement. The name is believed to stem from Horton Hall, the English country estate of George Montagu-Dunk, 2nd Earl of Halifax, chairman of the British Board of Trade which was in charge of English settlements in Nova Scotia.[1] However the Planter's town development gravitated instead to Wolfville further to the west. Hortonville remained as an agricultural area. The Windsor and Annapolis Railway, later the Dominion Atlantic Railway built a large bridge across the Gaspereau River at Hortonville in 1869, followed by a station[2] which further developed agriculture and began tourism in the area. In 1924, the Dominion Atlantic Railway deeded a plot of land beside the tracks at Hortonville to the Acadian memorial society to erect an iron memorial cross at what was believed to be the site of the deportation. In 2005 the railway assisted moving the cross to a site owned by Parks Canada closer to the river established by more recent research as the actual deportation site. [3]

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Coordinates: 45°6′29.45″N 64°17′28.08″W / 45.1081806°N 64.2911333°W / 45.1081806; -64.2911333 (Hortonville, Nova Scotia)