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More Small Country Churches From Québec’s Eastern Townships Region
Continuing on my recent Eastern Townships theme here is a selection of quaint country churches from the same region.
On a side note, I haven’t been out on a new doorscursion in over a month. Thank goodness for archives, but I’ll hopefully find some time soon to go door hunting 😉
Église Saint-Ephrem de Fitch Bay in Stanstead County was a bit of an enigma in that I wasn’t able to find anything out about the place anywhere on-line.
Though much smaller, Stanstead South United (former Congregationalist) Church was easy to research.
The current structure was built in 1876 as a Congregationalist church, but the congregation at this site actually goes back as far as 1810.
During that time it has always had an international character, attracting members from both Quebec and Vermont; with the U.S. border within sight of the building.
In fact during the war of 1812 the faithful from both sides attended services performed by a Vermont Pastor. Frankly I’m still trying to wrap my head around the concept that people at war with each other could stop to pray together…but times were different back then I guess.
The current wooden structure was built in the Gothic Revival style with a steep clock tower and roof line, and triangular motifs (symbolizing the Holy Trinity) that repeat throughout the building.
It seems that the building was sold in the spring of 2016 but when we were there in the summer we saw no signs that led us to believe the church was not still active.
Église Catholique de St-Austin in the small community of Austin was another one that was difficult to find info about.
I guess when the year-round population of the town is only about 1,800 and doubles during the summer season, historical record-keeping about places of worship is kinda secondary.
It sure is a lovely little building though and I really love those green doors 🙂
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