Acadian settlers research project gets $25,000 donation

A research effort to locate and investigate sites where early Acadians settled in Louisiana has received a $25,000 infusion to help move the work along.

The New Acadia Project announced the donation Wednesday from the Gustaf Westfeldt McIlhenny Family Foundation of New Orleans.

“This generous award will go a long way toward funding the project’s initial season of research along Bayou Teche near Loreauville, which is where we think many of the Acadian exiles settled in 1765,” University of Louisiana at Lafayette archaeologist and anthropologist Mark Rees said in a written statement.

Rees is overseeing the project, which is seeking out the settlements of the French Acadians who came to Louisiana after their expulsion by the British from what is now Nova Scotia.

Little is known about how or where those Acadians lived when they first arrived or where many of them are buried.