Beautiful vintage homes route
Revisiting vintage beauties!
Take to the road to discover manors, mansions, Victorian houses, ancestral homes and other vintage beauties. These buildings, put up between 1850 and 1920, stand as a testament to the Eastern Townships’ special history and unique American and British heritage. Nowadays, some are part of a heritage route while others have been revamped into B&Bs or museums—but all still have a story to tell. Find out for yourself!
The Beaulne Museum is housed in the Arthur-Osmore-Norton Castle, a historic residence built in 1912 by Arthur Osmore Norton
who made his fortune thanks to the manufacture of the ball and gear jack. The permanent exhibition traces the fascinating history of the Norton family.
Recognized for the conservation and presentation of textiles and costumes, the Museum also works in the fields of regional heritage and visual arts.
96, rue de l’Union, Coaticook
Lac-Brome Museum and Children's Museum
The museum is located in the heart of Knowlton (Town of Brome Lake) on beautiful grounds. Easily accessible, the museum includes many buildings: the old fire station; an interactive children's museum; the Martin Annex which houses a War Museum; see an airplane from the First World War, a rare find and the only one with its original material; the former courthouse dating back to 1858, which today serves as the accredited Archives Centre (available by appointment only); the former Knowlton Academy, and more.
The museum dedicates the largest artifact collection of the first war in which lies outside the War Museum in Ottawa. The house of the founder of Knowlton was added to the site in October 2014.
The Lac-Brome Museum, a perfect place for history lovers, or for a memorable family outing.
Opening hours, spring-summer 2023:
Thursday to Saturday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
From June 20 to August 19, Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Second empire style and built in 1874 as the Eastern Townships Bank, this remarkable building is a remarkable place to visit and is also the starting point of a heritage tour. Discover the Bruck-Lee permanent collection which consists of more than 75 works (paintings and sculptures). This collection was put together by the Cowansville Art Centre (1956-1979) and presents the works of Alexander Y. Jackson from Groupe des Sept and many artists from Beaver Hall Group.
Since 2009, Lee-Vermeille collection, following a sponsorship project, adds a contemporary component to the museum with its garden sculptures and paintings. The museum also hosts visual arts temporary exhibitions, mainly of artists living in the region.
Cowansville's history began in 1798 with the arrival of the first settler, the son of a Loyalist named Jacob Ruiter. Cowansville gets its name from the Scotsman Peter Cowan, an influential businessman and later sheriff of the district of Bedford. The village was incorporated in 1876 and became a town in 1931. Cowansville is a bilingual, industrial town today and retains its Loyalist influences with magnificent buildings and affluent homes.
225, rue Principale, Cowansville
450 263-0141, poste 230
Louis S. St. Laurent National Historic Site
This is Parks Canada’s only historic site in the Eastern Townships. Visit former Canadian Prime Minister’s native single-family home and the St-Laurent Store and Warehouse. Discover the local residents’ rural lifestyle of the turn of the 20th
century. Watch the multimedia show and relive a dynamic an underestimated page of our history!
6790, route Louis-S.-St-Laurent, Compton
1 888 773-8888
Uplands Cultural and Heritage Centre
Housed in a stately and elegant heritage house, Uplands Cultural and Heritage Centre combines local history with cultural and artistic traditions. The centre is a unique establishment which offers: exhibitions of works by local and regional artists, concerts, workshops, guided tours, and more!
Enter the warm and elegant ambience of a distinguished home from the past. Each room has a unique charm, thanks to the many furnishings and antiques belonging to the Lennoxville-Ascot Historical and Museum Society.
Outside, discover our exhibit on large panels and beautiful gardens, where you can experience English tea. Guides in period costume welcome you and interpret this local tea tradition.
We hope to see you soon!
9 Rue Speid, Sherbrooke
The Colby-Curtis museum
Season 2023: Open from March 16 to December 22.
On the impressive Dufferin street in Stanstead sits the Colby-Curtis museum, located in a sumptuous 19th century manor. Admirably preserved and filled with unique artefacts testifying to the affluence of the Anglo-Canadian elite, this house invites you to travel back in time.
Enjoy a traditional English tea while gazing at the Victorian garden!
535 rue Dufferin, Stanstead
Merry House. Magog’s Citizen Site of Memory
The Merry House is a citizen site of memory which shares the history, heritage, and archaeology of Magog and its region, from the time of the Aboriginal peoples and the American settlers, up to today. Located by the Magog River, the Merry House is strategically positioned in the city centre.
Many activities are offered to the visitors such as exhibitions (permanent and temporary), family introductory workshop on archeology, educational activities and various special events renewed annually.
Also, thanks to a free mobile experience, it is possible to explore the outdoors while unveiling more photos and videos testifying of the strategic importance of our patrimonial site. Welcome to the Merry’s!
Tours of Sherbrooke : L'histoire à ciel ouvert
Slate Podcast of Pays de l’Ardoise
Discover the English district of Richmond with its picturesque streets: Dufferin, Aberdeen and College. The architectural quality of their building’s slate roofing has given the
district significant historic interest. By taking the pedestrian tour, you will witness the rich heritage and cultural diversity left by its founders.
Anecdotes and historical facts of this historical epicentre are included.
Offered free of charge as a podcast: download it or play it live on your smartphone from the Slate Museum website.
5, rue Belmont, Richmond
Danville's Heritage Tour
Take a stroll along the three heritage tours, which will reveal Danville’s exceptional charm with more than 66 buildings of heritage, historical, and cultural interest. The tours take you to buildings of neo-Queen Ann, American vernacular, mansard, neo-Italian, Second Empire, and Boomtown styles. A pamphlet on the tours is available at the MRC des Sources tourist information office.
Heritage tour «On our Founders' Trails»
Welcome to Waterloo!
Whether you are on foot or on your bike, here’s your chance to explore more than 150 years of history.
Heritage homes, places of worship and institutions are evidence of a golden age that has often fallen by the wayside.
From the tourist information booth, you will have easy access to all documents, the Artria Open Air Museum and the Yamaska River.
Heritage Tour of Cowansville
We have created a virtual circuit to let you discover various aspects of Cowansville’s history and heritage. Lined with majestic trees, the long Main street connects both poles while revealing all the required efforts that were necessary to create today’s flourishing town.
Along this unique route, you will travel back in time through the heart of a city in full growth. You will thus discover 24 unique sites, each revealing its own history. Wishing you great discoveries!
Brochures are available at the Cowansville Tourist Office and on the website.
225 rue Principale, Cowansville
Patrimonial circuit of the Canton de Shefford
In French only
245, chemin Picard , Shefford
The Knowlton Circuit
Self-guided walking tour. Free.
Step back in time and explore the magnificent built heritage of the village of Knowlton, founded in 1855. Well-preserved Victorian homes, municipal buildings, shops, schools and places of worship attest to the region’s rich past and its economic, industrial and cultural vitality.
Start your walk at the Lac-Brome Museum, continue along Lakeside Road and end on charming Victoria St. Interpretive panels illustrated with archival photos tell the story of each home and building. The route map is available at the Lac-Brome Museum and the Brome Lake Welcome Centre.
À la maison Campbell B&B
Welcome to one of the most beautiful century-old homes in the region. The Campbell house was originally built in 1907 for Magog dentist Dr. Adams and his large family. Today, the Campbell B&B features five cosy rooms, each with a private bathroom. Previously owner of L'Abri'cot B&B in Knowlton, Danielle accommodates all types of diets. Creativity and recycling old furniture are also part of this home. Check it out, you’ll see!
In 1864 the Senator A.B. Foster’s family had this manor built and designed by the famous architect Sir John William Hopkins. All the specifics of a typical French manor can be found, front gate, library, chapel, a spacious living room, stables with a coach gate, large courtyard and a gazebo looking out on the property
Today, Manoir Maplewood combines the comfort and refinement of a hotel and the intimate and cosy atmosphere of a guest house.
Ten rooms and suites, tasty cuisine, gourmet breakfast, conference room and health centre are offered to our guests for an authentic and personalized experience…
«Crossing the threshold of ‘maplewood Manor is to witness an exceptional place with its own unique charm.»
Hébergement Le Scot
Situated in Scotstown in the Quebec Region, 49 km from Sherbrooke, B&B Le Bonheur features an Old Victorian House of the 1800 where you can savour Scottish treats and a variety of teas on an outside terrace and in a private interior tea room. Free private parking is available on site.
Every room share a common bathroom where there is a large shower and a spa bath. For your comfort, you will find bathrobes, slippers and free toiletries. B&B Le Bonheur features also free WiFi (High Speed) throughout the property.
There is a shared lounge/common room at the property and dinner is available upon prior request. A 2-course breakfast is served with mostly organic products from the region. A variety of breakfast is offered for those clients who have a longer stay.
Guests can enjoy various activities in the surrounding area, including the use of pedal boats and kayaks on the Salmon River, the water fountains for the kids, picnics, walking and cycling in summer and cross-country skiing and snow shoeing during winter.
More than 12 km of hiking trails are nearby, starting at the Walter MacKenzie Park along the Salmon River, then through the Parc des Marécage des Scots up to the Franceville sector of Mount Mégantic Park. Let’s not forget the Astrolab and the events of astronomy and shooting stars during the months of August and February.
During the evening, you can either read a good book being warmed by a fire in the fireplace either watch a film from of our large video library or one of your favourite television show or either play one of our numerous board games.
This property also has one of the best-rated locations in Scotstown! Our clients appreciate that the B & B is a few steps away from Main Street and all of its activities, the warmth and hospitality of its hosts, the serenity and calm of its surroundings and the breakfasts created with delicious local and healthy products. A place to discover!
We await you with pleasure!