Thursday Doors – August 11, 2016

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Historic Buildings in Vieux Saint-Eustache (Part 2) – Québec

This week is a continuation of the walking tour/doorscursion of Vieux Saint-Eustache from last week’s post.


The town got its start when a flour mill was built on the du Chêne river there in 1762.


According to the regional tourism website The Moulin Legaré’s main claim to fame is being the oldest continually operated water driven flour mill in North America.

Between 30 to 40 tons of wheat and buckwheat flour are still produced here each year and according to the sign above this door apparently there’s a sawmill in there somewhere as well.


Aside from major structural reinforcement renovations done in 2007 the building is pretty much as it was 254 years ago except of course for needed maintenance and an occasional fresh coat of paint.

Speaking of paint, this mural depicts what the town’s old general store would have looked like.


In my post last week someone commented after noticing the large size of the baker’s home that the bakery must have been a profitable business to be in.

Well if baking was profitable, making the flour to bake with must have been an absolutely booming business, as proven by the home built by one of the mill owners in the 1850’s.


Today it’s the town’s cultural interpretation center and history museum, and it has a wonderful entranceway and door.


The town of Saint-Eustache was also the site of the last battle of the Lower Canada part of the rebellion of les Patriotes of 1837. Coincidentally Joanne over at My Life Lived Full wrote a post about the rebellion from the Upper Canada perspective.

Considered by many historians as Canada’s own (unsuccessful) war of independence from the British, the rebellion in both Ontario and Québec was fueled primarily by a desire for more political autonomy and the right to self-determination.

As a tribute to their efforts which did eventually lead to positive political reforms, the old part of town has a number of murals on display that pay homage to les Patriotes.


This next building along with the mill and the main church are the only buildings left that predate the rebellion.


Because it was made of stone, the building survived being commandeered by les Patriotes and then the British who when they marched into town to quell the last of the rebellion burned, or tried to burn, pretty much everything else to the ground.



A much newer door on an older building – but I think it works.

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About Norm 3.0

World’s youngest grumpy old man & heart failure wonder boy. Interests: writing, woodworking, photography, travel, tennis, wine, and I know a bit about power tools.
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55 Responses to Thursday Doors – August 11, 2016

  1. I know this is about doors, but I love those murals. And I do love that last door.

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  4. Beautiful images, Norm! Love the history behind them!

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  5. Prior-2001 says:

    I also love the stairs – and BTW – for this post- I was the 100th like ! woo goo


  6. ms mary p says:

    Great doors Norm. I also love stairs and steps so my favourite pic is of the CIC and History Museum with the beautiful white staircase

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  7. Love the doors and all the cool history!

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  8. Lynne Ayers says:

    I too am a door collector – I’ll have to join in this week. 🙂

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  9. lifelessons says:

    Oops.. Just noticed I was supposed to use Mr. Linky instead of comments to post my link and that time has expired. Sorry. I’ll submit this next week if I remember!

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  10. lifelessons says:

    When was the last time you got a macro of a door submitted, Norm? Couldn’t resist. Love these little creatures and it is, in fact, a photo of a door! Loved the variety of your shots this week.

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  11. Sorry, I’m apparently one of the slow newbies. I read your Thursday Doors FAQ and belatedly tried to use the linky button, but it has already expired (it’s Saturday noon here where I am). I will do that next week.

    In the meantime, here is my link because I don’t see the pingback, either:

    This is a cool topic, glad to have found it!

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  12. I like what Vicky said [] and couldn’t have it better myself! I love learning the history of places that are shared in these Thursday Doors posts.

    I really like that little stone cottage, and the shutters along side of the door, and the history you shared.

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  14. Vicky says:

    Gosh, I just love this door challenge, learning about other nation’s cultures and history and seeing it depicted via the all-important door…Thank you for sharing your walk and the glorious doors and buildings and the history behind it all…so glad I hit on Thursday Doors!

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  15. Bun Karyudo says:

    Your photographs are very well taken. There are some lovely old buildings in Vieux Saint-Eustache, although the first one in your post (the red brick one) confused me a little since it seemed to have been built upside down! 🙂

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  16. Wonderful doors Norm my favourite is town’s cultural interpretation center and history museum. I shall be going Thursday doors this week, working on my post…

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  17. Ludwig says:

    All beautiful pictures, but I just love that mural with the doors!

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  18. Beautiful! Now I have more places to visit when my husband and I return to Montreal (in I hope not the too distant future)!

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  19. Corina says:

    Very nice and that new door on the old building definitely works.

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  20. jan says:

    I love old mills. The town I was born in was a mill town.

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  21. Wow, great history lesson and fantastic photos of the town and doors! If I ever get to Quebec again I’ll look for this place.

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  22. Cee Neuner says:

    Great entry this week with such a grand variety of doors.
    Here is my entry.

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  23. Lovely buildings, Norm, and I love the shutters on that last one, too. The murals are excellent. We must be feeling a bit rebellious on Thursday Doors this week, as I have a video on my post talking about the battle of Kinsale, when Ireland and Spain joined forces against the English. 😮

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  24. Nato says:

    What a great history and interesting set of pictures. You door posts always inspire me to dig for history on my own doors when possible!

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  25. marianallen says:

    LOVE those murals! The one of Les Patriotes with the progression right to left of preparation to storming out to do battle is a story in itself. The one of the General Store fooled me — at first, I thought the lady at the far right was a real person standing in front of the painting! I don’t mean to short the doors — they’re beautiful — but the murals knocked me out!

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  26. joannesisco says:

    Great doorscursion this week Norm! The murals are my favourite part. So much going on!

    Quebec has managed to maintain so much of its local industry and hasn’t fallen to the scourge of globalization. Local industry is so much more vibrant and that’s one of the things that makes it such a treasure. The fact that this flour mill is still operating is nothing short of incredible.

    What a coincidence that you and I were in a *rebellious* state of mind at the same time 🙂

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      I know, cool eh?
      I think in both cases we had no idea the places we were visiting were tied to this same historical event.


      • joannesisco says:

        Exactly!! … and last night I accidentally discovered that the bar where the Upper Canada Rebellion was hatched (I should say – half baked) apparently is still standing.
        Guess what’s on my list of places to visit? 😉

        Imagine – a Rebellion planned in a bar. I wonder what the first clue was that it was likely going to fail? At the first sign of conflict, most of the rebels ran away.

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  27. msgt3227 says:

    I especially like the entry/stairway to the History Museum… so very inviting!

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  28. Norm, this is a place I’d love to visit. The mill and murals are great and I love the last door. The only downside would be that I wouldn’t be able to read the signs in French. 🙂


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  29. Helen Bushe says:

    I especially like the mill

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  30. Norm, you have astonished even me who has been here for the whole Thursday Doors ride. WOW – these are fabulous doors and murals. Home run, friend. 🙂 They are all beautiful, but I’ve never seen a door classier than that brown door.

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  31. Dan Antion says:

    Wonderful doors, Norm. I love the bottom set, with the storm shutters. And, of course, having them on a stone building, well, that’s the best! I think I visited the oldest water-powered flour mill in England. I guess I have to add this to town to the list, so I can cover two countries.

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