Olde Craig’s Road Organization: Coirneal Cealteach Address: Sainte-Agathe-de-Lotbinière, QCRegion: Chaudière-Appalaches Contact: Steve Cameron, tirnanogsa(a)Description: A section of the Craig’s Road established in 1810 that was a stagecoach line connecting Quebec to Boston.
This section is preserved in approximately its original state.
It is also one of the few places where a particularly American variant of French is spoken.
Across New Hampshire, about two to three percent of the population speaks French; these communities are concentrated in mill towns–Berlin in the north, Laconia in the central part of the state, Dover and Rochester toward the eastern seacoast, and Manchester in the south.
Year made: 1810Made by: James Henry Craig (1748-1812)Materials/Medium: Natural vegetation, gravel Colours: Natural landscape Provenance: Municipalité de Saint-Sylvestre, Quebec Size: 200 m Photos: Rachel Garber The story of the Craig’s Road has frequently been oversimplified as a road that connected Quebec City to Boston with little further reflection as to its beginning, its role or its importance to the history of Quebec.
It is a story can only be comprehended by viewing the road through the lens of its beginnings, and within the context of the time period in which it evolved and developed.
What distinguishes the city these days is the unique language that people speak there.
By the early 20th century, Franco-Americans were the largest immigrant group in New Hampshire.The language and the culture they brought with them survives in pockets, where people speak an English-inflected French dotted with technical loanwords picked up at the mill.