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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.
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