Children get early tours of Roma settlement

Steve Sharratt
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Jean Pierre Roma (portrayed by Larry Richards), who founded the 1730 settlement near Montague, P.E.I., meets A.A. MacDonald (Clayton Coe), who was born at the same site 130 years later and became a founding Father of Confederation. Looking on are Mrs. A.A. (Helen Lockerbie) and Roma’s daughter (Martha Cudmore).

MONTAGUE — Quill pens and candles, to salt fish and song.

It’s all part of the interesting world of Roma at Three Rivers near here where the heritage site is busy entertaining school children from across the province.

The recreation of the 1730 settlement of Jean Pierre Roma doesn’t officially open to the public until late June, but volunteers are hosting bus-loads of grades 5 and 6 students from across the province.

“We offer daylong tours and fun and the school program has really taken off,’’ says president Helen Lockerbie. “They really love coming here and imagining another time.”

The full-day session for schoolchildren includes a 1730s lunch, lessons on the cod and herring fishery, toys and clothes, song and dance and a trail tour.

This summer the site is paying tribute to settlement founder Jean Pierre Roma and The Hon. A.A. Macdonald, one of the Fathers of Confederation who was born at the Roma site in 1829.

Saluting our Pioneers Festival, a highlight of the 2014 celebrations marking the 150th year of the Charlottetown Conference, goes Aug. 9 and 10. Information at www.roma3rivers.com.

Organizations: Three Rivers

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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