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La Chapelle des Cuthbert – Cuthbert’s Chapel, Berthierville Québec
Built in 1786 by James Cuthbert who was the only English seigneur on the shores of the St. Lawrence River in the region just east of Montréal.
Though not much to look at, this was actually the first Protestant Church in the entire province of Québec aka New France.
For those wondering what a ‘seigneur’ is, they were the wealthy landowners at the top of the food chain, in a system of royal land granting and ownership based on similar feudal systems found throughout Europe at the time. The Seigneurial system was finally abolished here in 1854.
Originally named the Chapel of Saint-Andre, the building was acquired by the provincial government in 1927 and designated as a historic monument in 1958.
As you can see it is a pretty humble and basic structure. In fact the only thing that differentiates this old fieldstone building from the traditional homes built in that era is the steeple.
Located in Berthierville, just off of Route #138 aka Le Chemin du Roy (The King’s Road) today the building houses the local tourist info/visitor welcome center.
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