Roma's programs have changed for another Covid-19 summer. Social Distanceing is a requirement and all Covid-19 protocals are followed
The Roma Site is a secluded, quiet, picturesque spot tucked away in an historic PEI location where you can wander the grounds and browse the signage explaining the historical significance of the Jean Pierre Roma era (1732-1745) and the Macdonald era of the 1800s ... check out our collection of artifacts unearthed at the Site in the 1970s. We serve an Heritage Lunch every day and Afternoon Tea. Roma Bread, our speciality baked on Site, is served with Lunch & Tea. New this summer is oven fired pizza served on Friday
Jean Pierre Roma, a visionary French businessman, sailed three boats to the future Roma Site in June 1732. Roma and his men set to work and within a few years his crew had cleared 200 acres and had constructed nine buildings as part of Roma's plan … an international trade centre.
Roma's boats transported dried cod, trade goods and alcohol along a network between France, the West Indies, Fortress Louisbourg and Quebec. And Roma's crew constructed many of PEI's first roads connecting his Site with St Peters Bay and Port La Joye and many other locations.
Roma's Site lasted only 13 years when in July 1745 it was burned to the ground by British Privateers.
276 years have passed since the burning and sacking of Roma's Settlement in 1745. In recognation of this sad event, the Great Escape of 1745 Festival will be held on **July 31, August 7 &14. Additionally on **July 31st the Three Rivers Arts and Cultural Festival will be staged at the Roma Site.
The Cod Fishery was Roma's economic engine ...
cod was filleted and dried on spruce branches and then shipped back to France
Banquets and Weddings are marvelous at Roma ...
the Roma Site can be rented for private events such as weddings and business events ...
While listening to the colourful history of Prince Edward Island and the Three Rivers Settlement through story and music, participants will also get the chance to taste the food of Roma's time during the intermission.
There will be locally sourced mussels, heritage bread made with Roma's settler's original recipe, and some sweet treats! There will also be a wide variety of alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks to wet your whistle.
Throughout the show, stories will be shared that illuminate how Islanders have lived on the tides for centuries, whether catching bounties of fish or illegally rum-running during the prohibition. As the sun sets, you might even hear a ghost story or two about the curious happenings that occur at Roma, proving that the settlers spirits have never left the settlement.