Plaster Rock, New Brunswick
Located on the Tobique River, the village was founded in 1881 by Hezekiah Day and named for the gypsum found in the area, which is heated to produce plaster. The cliffs across the river from the Tobique Valley High School expose the red "plaster rock". The major industry in Plaster Rock is a sawmill owned by Twin Rivers Paper Company.
Primarily English, the town is historically a lumber logging community. Known as the Gateway to Mt.Carleton Provincial Park, the community is the source of business, commerce, banking, grocery shopping, and religious and sport gatherings for the surrounding hamlets and homes of the Tobique River region. The Tobique River, which has its source at Mt. Carleton Provincial Park, flows through the tiny communities of Nictau, Riley Brook, Oxbow, Plaster Rock, Arthurette, Red Rapids, and empties into the St. John River above Perth-Andover.
The Tobique First Nations Reserve is located where the Tobique and St. John Rivers come together. The town has 6 churches, namely a Catholic Church, an Anglican Church, a Free-will Baptist Church, a United Baptist Church, a United Church of Canada, and a Pentecostal Church. The average congregation is 20-45 members of the first 5 churches, with the Pentecost church being an exception with a congregation of approx. 400 members, who are in part from the village of PR, but mostly from the surrounding region of Victoria Co.
The Pentecostal Church also has its own private school, the only other school in the village aside from the village`s Public Junior and High Schools. The Family Worship Centre, the name of the Pentecostal sect, has been the site of controversary since it first established roots nearly 90 years ago. Plaster Rock is home of the World Pond Hockey Championships, which take place annually in February on Roulston Lake. In June, Fiddler`s on The Tobique is a large event attracting tourists and visitors from all over the world as they put approx. 1300 canoes into the waters and float accompanied by fiddler`s and their Maritime music.
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