The Jean Pierre Roma National Historic Site depicts the life and times of the settlement established in 1732 by Jean Pierre Roma, a Frenchman who carved from the
virgin forest a trading post he called Trois Rivières.
Today, through experiencing heritage programs, we share with our visitors how the people in the settlement lived from day to day, the foods they ate and the foods they
didn't eat, how cod was fished to feed Europe, the toys played with by children before they went to work at the age of 7 and the fact that Jean Pierre Roma and his indentured servants built many of PEI's first roads ... and more!
Roma at Three Rivers Restaurant
We accept cash or Visa; Roma's Heritage Lunch served daily
12:00 to 1:30 pm.
Wine … $6.50/glass
Beer … $6.00/glass
Explore Roma's Heritage Garden, styled after a1700's French gardens
There are nineteen raised beds filled with vegetables, herbs and flowers.
Turnips, parsnips, dried beans and peas could feed the settlers all through the winter ... whereas herbs, our first medicines, grown to treat ailments, flavor food and mask bad smells
MORNING COFFEE or AFTERNOON TEA
Iced Herbal Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate
Bread and Molasses
Vanilla Ice Cream.......$2
Gingerbread with Whipped Cream.......$3
Chocolate Cake with Sauce Anglais.......$3
Frozen Mocha Chocolate Cheesecake.......$6
Apple Pie a La Mode.......$6
Chocolate Truffle Cake…….$6
By Domenick d'Andrea and Rick Reeves -
Fall of Roma's Settlement
After the first fall of Louisbourg, British commander William Pepperrell sent an expedition against Ile Saint Jean in July 1745.
This force divided, one part going to Three Rivers, the other to Port-La-Joye.
At Three Rivers Jean Pierre Roma and servants did not give any resistance because they only had one six pound cannon to mount a defence.
Roma, along with his son and daughter escaped into the woods where they witnessed the New Englanders burn the village. The family then probably escaped to Saint Peters (PEI) and then went on to Quebec, remaining there until the end of the war.
The Siege of Louisbourg took place in 1745 when a New England colonial force aided by a British fleet captured Louisbourg, under the Command of
History behind the "GREAT ESCAPE"'
William Pepperrell, an American merchant and soldier, widely remembered for organizing, financing, and leading the 1745 expedition that captured the French garrison at Fortress Louisbourg during King George's War. During hs day he was called the" hero of Louisbourg"
On June 19th, 2020 Frank Korvemaker emailed Roma; "So, tomorrow marks the darkest day at the Roma Site - unless you happen to be an archaeologist, and get the opportunity and the honour 223 years later of discovering the buried fragile remains of the French fishing settlement that Jean Pierre Roma and his entourage established in 1732, and carefully nurtured until the New England privateers pillaged and sacked the village in 1745, thereby eradicating a marvellous pioneer dream. But, had the site developed into a permanent thriving community, those archaeological remains would likely have been obliterated well over a century ago. So, every cloud does have a silver lining.
Frank Korvemaker: Archivist / Construction Historian
unearthed Roma's artifacts in late 1960s
I see you had a special ceremony planned for this summer, but, like the privateers, The Evil Virus came by unexpectedly and ruined all the hope and expectations for these commemorative activities."
New this Year
PICNIC LUNCH $19
Preorder by calling 902 838 3413 or
Monday- Lunchtime music with Cailyn. Enjoy live energetic fiddling music between 12PM-1:30PM with your delicious heritage meal. At 2PM, experience net making demonstrations and discover secrets about Roma's gold: cod.
Tuesday- Check out our forge and blacksmith presentation outside at 10:30AM. Watch how they made tools of the time. At 2PM, don't miss out on a visit to our traditional garden to participate in the collection of herbs that are used in our iced herbal tea. Afterwards, you can try some yourself!
Wednesday- In honor of the 300th anniversary of Acadian and French arrival to PEI, walk in the steps of our ancestors. Step back in time and learn about life in the 1700s with our guides, discover the site and the trail system. Tours of the site are available all day. Candle making experience at 11AM and 2PM.
Thursday- Toys and Games of the 1700s Presentation at 11AM and 2PM. Lucet cord demonstrations and make your own toy!
Friday- Quill Pen presentations happening at 11AM and 2PM! Try writing with a quill, read a letter from Jean Pierre Roma, discover what they used to make pens, ink and more. New this year: Brick oven pizzas! Come enjoy them for lunch- available every Friday.
Saturday- Family orienteering activity available all day! Discover Roma's trading post yourself with a map and clues. Fun for the entire family!
Sunday- Outdoor cod and fishery presentations at 11AM and 2PM. Learn about the fishing and preservation processes that occurred at Roma's settlement. Enjoy live harp music with Lise during your afternoon tea.
Heritage Lunch and afternoon tea served daily.
Picnic lunches available ( pre-order)
Wood-fired pizzas available Fridays (pre-order )!