The above aerial photo of the Doucet House site was taken by Paul Blacquiere. As part of the restoration project the site was developed to reflect the period of the homestead complete with a pole fence was placed around the site. The house is situated in the middle of the site with a kitchen garden directly to the south in front of the house; adjacent to the house to the right/east a clay bread oven was built; to the far left/west a new small log barn was built with a garden to the south of it. To the rear/northwest corner is a hen house and behind an outhouse. Behind the house to the east is a small orchard of period apple trees; and to the rear/north, in the field is flax and buckwheat - crops typical to the period.
The Restored Doucet House. When the house was built the logs were exposed to the weather for a few years, this is evident in the logs wood grain, and to keep the drafts from blowing through vertical boards were applied to the exterior. This is the period in which it was decided to interpret the house, about 1800, the restored vertical boards protect the original logs from exposure to the weather. Note the hand-split cedar shingle roof. The windows were made locally using period bulls-eye glass.
Inside Doucet House. Note the log wall, wood floor with wood nails pegs; two board front door and the interpreter in period costume. One of the skirts worn by one of the interpreters was locally woven to match a scrap of woven material found in the logs chinking - the original dye colours and pattern were still evident after all this time - see below.
Scrap of hand-woven material found amoungst the log walls moss chinking at Doucet House.
The large fireplace with wrought iron crane.
The kitchen table, an artifact from Rustico with chairs also original to the period.
The clay bread oven. The oven was made from birck clay, sand and marsh grass. References to Island Acadians using such bread ovens have been found in the Mont Carmel area and as late as the summer of 1859 in the Little Tignish area.
The Doucet House is situated overlooking Rustico Bay where spectacular sunrises and sunsets can be observed. This location is similar to the house's original location, a short distance from here, around the point at Grand Pere Point. The Acadians built their homes close to water for both fishing and transportation.
For more information about the Doucet House and Farmers Bank of Rustico, refer to their website at http://www.farmersbank.ca/