Maine Acadians share beliefs and experiences tying them to a common religion, languages, and history. The St. John River, land, and family are essential to their culture. The National Park Service supports the Maine Acadian Heritage Council, an association of historical societies, cultural clubs, towns, and museums that work together to support Maine Acadian culture in the St. John Valley.
Hours + Fees
Acadian Village - Van Buren, Maine Open daily 12 to 5 p.m. from June 15 to September 15. For more information, call (207) 868-5042 during the preceding operating hours.
Allagash Wilderness Waterway Open May 15 to October 1. For more information, call the Bureau of Parks and Lands at (207) 941-4014.
Fort Kent Blockhouse - Fort Kent, Maine Open Memorial Day to Labor Day. Hours vary. For more information, call the Bureau of Parks and Lands at (207) 941-4014.
Allagash Historical Society Museum - Allagash, Maine 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday and holidays.
Frenchville Historical Society - Frenchville, Maine 1p.m. to 4 p.m. from June 20 through August 31, Wednesday through Sunday or by appointment at (207)-543-7301 or (207)-543-7309.
Historic Governor Brann School - the town of Cyr Plantation, one mile south of Van Buren, Maine. Summer hours vary.
Le Club Français - Madawaska, Maine Summer: June 1 to Labor Day, 9 a.m. to 12 noon and 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. And Winter: Labor Day to Memorial day, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday (207) 728-4649.
Madawaska Historical Society (Tante Blanche Museum) - Madawaska, Maine Mid-June to Labor Day, 12 noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
Musée culturel du Mont-Carmel - Lille, Maine Mid-June to mid-September, 12 noon to 4 p.m. Sunday through Friday.
Saint Francis Historical Society (Bangor and Aroostook Railroad Turntable) - St. Francis, Maine Mid-May to September 30, irregular hours, call (207) 398-3495 for information.
Map + Directions
The Saint John Valley is located in northern Aroostook County, Maine, 200 miles north of Bangor at the northern terminus of U.S. Route 1. From Interstate 95, use exits at Sherman or Smyrna Mills for Route 11 to Fort Kent, or the exit at Houlton for U.S. Route 1 North.