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Five Rivers, the municipality, formed by the Local Governance Reform in 2023, is enriched and informed by the long histories of the surrounding areas that make up the new entity. The former Village of Rexton and the unincorporated areas of Harcourt, Weldford and Richibucto parish, each have a story to contribute to the next chapter.

The reason behind our name, Five Rivers, is because there are five rivers that surround the heart of our community: Richibucto River, Molus River, Coal Branch River, Bass River, St. Nicholas River.

Harcourt Parish

Found in the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick is this photo of a cadastral map that shows the basic features of Harcourt such as the boundaries, lot number, and grantee’s name for land granted by the province. These maps are cumulative, showing all grants regardless of date.

Key Points:

  • Harcourt was first called Weldford and in 1869 when the railway was constructed. It was in 1894 when Harcourt was first given its name.
  • In 1871, Harcourt had a population of 150
  • in 1898 Harcourt was a station on the Intercolonial Railway and a farming and lumbering settlement with 7 stores, 2 hotels, 1 tannery, 1 sawmill, 1 hemlock bark extract factory, 1 carriage factory, 3 churches and a population of 250.

To discover more about Harcourt’s rich history, visit Provincial Archives of New Brunswick’s website.

 

Richibucto Parish

These included the town of Richibucto, the village of Rexton, the Indian Island 28 Indian reserve, and the local service districts of Cap-de-Richibouctou, Sainte-Anne-de-Kent, and the parish of Richibucto. As a result of the reform, Richibucto and an adjacent are