John Frederic Herbin was born in Windsor, Nova Scotia on 8 February 1860. He graduated in 1890 with a Bachelor of Arts. After graduation, Herbin remained in Wolfville and established his own jewelry business, J. F. Herbin, Jeweller and Optician. Herbin was very interested in the culture and history of the Acadian people (his mother was an Acadian). He purchased the dykeland from which the local Acadians had been deported. Eventually the Dominion Atlantic Railway and a group of descendents of the Acadians helped Herbin develop the site into "Evangeline Park". In time the park was designated as the Grand Pré National Historic Site. Herbin wrote and published throughout his life and was the author of many books and articles, both fiction and historical, including The Evangeline Country, an introduction to an edition of Longfellow's Evangeline; Grand Pre: a Sketch of the Acadian Occupation of the Shores of the Basin of Minas; History of Grand Pre; The Heir of Grand Pre; The Marshlands; Jen of the Marshes; and a collection of poetry entitled Canada and other Poems. The records that have been digitized are examples of his writing style and his notes about dykes and marshes in the local area.