It has been a good start for the summer season of The Canadian Heritage of Quebec and now we want to open the Hurtubise House to the public for our Cup of Tea on Wednesdays event.
Through this activity, The Canadian Heritage of Quebec wants to invite the citizens of Westmount to come and mark six decades of their implication in the conservation of heritage sites in Quebec. The Cup of Tea on Wednesdays’ event will take place at the Hurtubise House, the head-office of our organization, located at 563 Côte-Saint-Antoine Road (corner Victoria) in Westmount. Guests will have an opportunity to discover the Hurtubise House, visit the exhibition which is dedicated to the Hurtubise family and also the heirloom vegetables garden. They will be greeted at the entrance with the necessary information and will be free afterwards to explore this historic property, classified heritage site by the government of Quebec in 2004.
This open house will allow the public to discover the Hurtubise House, the oldest house in Westmount, in a newperspective. Guests can enjoy tea and cookies while visiting the exhibition, the yesteryear décor of the house and its flower gardens. The open house will take place on three Wednesdays in summer: 20thof July, 3rdof August and 17thof August. Visiting hours will be from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and entrance fees will be at $5 per person, including drinks and a snack.
As the number of places is limited, reservation is recommended for this educational, unique and immersive event. Interested visitors can contact us by telephone during work hours at 438-381-4567.
This year, the Hurtubise House celebrates the 60th anniversary of its acquisition and conservation by The Canadian Heritage of Quebec. In order to mark this anniversary, there was an indoor exhibition on the six generations of the Hurtubise family who used to live in this ancestral house.
The opening of this exhibition and the launching of the summer season took place on Thursday, June 16th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m at the Hurtubise House.
Through this exhibition, The Canadian Heritage of Quebec wanted to enhance one of the oldest houses in Westmountand reminisce on the agricultural transition to the urbanization of this municipality.
Furthermore, the summer season launch of The Canadian Heritage of Quebec’s properties was held during this cocktail and a presentation was given on the rentals of some of the heritage properties. Please click the following link on our website Summer-2016 to get more information on these houses.
During the summer season, several activities are also open to the public with the collaboration of The Canadian Heritage of Quebec’s partners, namely the Fraser Manor, the Domaine Pointe de-Saint-Vallier, the Greenwood Centre for Living History, as well as Les Éboulements Mill.
We would like to thank our guests and partners, as well as the Brigade Napoleon of North America, for attending this event.
Please do not hesitate to communicate with us for further information.
Have a great summer!
The staff and volunteers of The Canadian Heritage of Quebec
The inauguration of the commemorative vegetable and flower gardens of the Hurtubise House took place on May 17th, 2016. The purpose of this project is to mark the 60th anniversary of the acquisition and conservation of the Hurtubise House by The Canadian Heritage of Quebec. The idea of a commemorative garden comes from Mardjane Amin, heritage consultant, after she discovered the agricultural history of the site of the Hurtubise House. From there started the “agricultural” project in order to revitalize the landscape of the Hurtubise House. Heirloom and heritage seeds were sowed so that the vegetable and flower gardens reflect the agricultural past of the Hurtubise farm.
The realization of the “agricultural” project was made possible thanks to the generous collaboration of the Jardins de l’écoumène who donated heritage seeds, as well as the Cour à bois Villeneuve who offered rebates on wood and hardware. Not to mention the involvement of several students from McGill University and Université de Montréal and some of these students now form part of the young volunteers committee of The Canadian Heritage of Quebec.
Les Jardins de l’écoumène
Cour à bois Villeneuve
As you will note on the pictures, the landscaping of the gardens harmonizes with the incomparable heritage value of the Hurtubise House. Please come and visit the magnificent gardens of the Hurtubise House and see the remarkable transformation. For a visit of the house, please make an appointment by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to become a volunteer for the maintenance of the gardens or for any comments, kindly use the same email address.
Here is an article from The Suburban, in the edition of may 25, 2016, on the Hurtubise House and its commemorative gardens.Read the article