Georgetown, Prince Edward island, Canada
In 2018, Georgetown conjoined with several other communities in eastern Prince Edward Island to form the new Town of Three Rivers. This harkens back to the town’s origin as the first permanent Acadian settlement on the island. The settlement, named Trois Rivieres, consisted of 100 settlers led by an entrepreneur named Jean Pierre Roma. They farmed the land formerly occupied by First Nations Mi’kmaq people to supply the Louisbourg Fortress garrison on Cape Breton Island. That community was burned by the British. Georgetown’s port remains ice-free from April through December. It was an important shipbuilding center during its heyday in the Victorian era, and the town’s heritage buildings mostly date from that period. A sawmill remains an important economic force in the community. Roma at Three Rivers National Historical Site is an interactive historical exhibit featuring guides in period costumes, appealing forest trails and displays of antiquities. The A. A. MacDonald Memorial Gardens is a formal garden commemorating a native son who was one of the original signers of the Confederation.