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St. John Valley Cultural Byway

The St. John Valley Cultural Byway is a working Byway, but more importantly, it is a cultural journey. Hewn from many political conflicts, border disputes and treatise resolutions that resulted in deportation, migration, exile, and expansion, the historical and cultural remnants are a well-preserved testimony to past struggles and triumphs. The St. John Valley Cultural Byway is a place like no other, where communities still celebrate their ancestry, from the Maine Acadians to the Scotch-Irish settlements; from the Native American tribes of the Wesget Sipu, Maliseet, and Mi’kmaq to the French-Canadian or ―Quebecois‖. This is a place of cultural traditions where it is as common to hear the French language as it is English. Small-town values and helpful, knowledgeable locals leave visitors with a lasting impression and sense of place, which they are eager to recount to their friends and family. The St. John Valley Cultural Byway exhibits a heritage and a way of life as it once was and how it continues to be. Photo Courtesy: Daniel Picard

Click Here for draft corridor managment plan.

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Photos Courtesy: Daniel Picard and Sheila Jans





Sheila Jans
Cultural Development 
137 Main Street
Madawaska, Maine  04756  

Fred Michaud
Scenic Byways Program Coordinator 
Policy Development Specialist
Maine Department of Transportation
16 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0016
Phone: 207-624-3279
Fax: 207-624-3099
Cell: 207-446-7000


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