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Historic Buildings in Vieux Saint-Eustache (Part 1) – Québec
Saint-Eustache is one of the suburban towns you’ll find off the northwestern tip of the island of Montréal.
Officially established with the construction of a flour mill on the du Chêne river in 1770, the old part of town makes for a lovely afternoon doorscursion with a few dozen well-preserved historic buildings to discover.
We started at this place which was the home of the town’s baker.
The home hasn’t changed much but I don’t think this sign is original 😉
We walked around the side to the actual bakery which is open to visitors on weekends in summer.
You don’t see him here but the older gentleman who runs the place was standing in the door when I was first setting up this shot. I was startled when I heard him call out from the shadows asking me if I liked to take pictures of antiques.
I told him that I did and then he replied “Well I’m right here, so click away!” 😀
The actual retail portion of the bakery is located in a barn out back, where you can buy bread and other goods baked in their original old woodburning oven.
This place dates back to 1860 and aside from the addition of electricity and indoor plumbing has remained unchanged over the years.
This home is also from the 1860’s
I love the fancy decorative detail work.
There’s a huge and rather famous Catholic Church in Vieux Saint Eustache that I’ll save for a future post, but this quaint little Presbyterian church caught my eye as well.
Originally built in the 1840’s and then rebuilt after being partially destroyed by fire in the early 1900’s the building changed vocations in the 1980’s mostly due to a lack of customers.
Understanding its historical significance the city took over the building, then renovated and converted it into a small performance hall.
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