Do you know who lived in Eaton Corner at the time of Confederation? Are you interested in local history? Do you want to see demonstrations of heritage crafts? plowing with draft horses? old time music and dancing? We’re planning a day for YOU. Experience the history of Eaton Corner and celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary. Come to the Eaton Corner Museum on Sunday, August 13, from 11 am to 5 pm. Entry is FREE thanks to support from the Government of Canada.
EXPERIENCE LOCAL HISTORY AND CELEBRATE CANADA’S 150th
Date: Sunday, August 13, 2017, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Eaton Corner Museum, 374 Rte 253, Cookshire-Eaton, QC
Organization: Eaton Corner Museum (Compton County Historical Museum Society)
It’s 1867 again on Sunday, August 13, 2017, in the historic village of Eaton Corner, part of the Municipality of Cookshire-Eaton . The Eaton Corner Museum (www.eatoncorner.ca) welcomes visitors to experience village life in Eaton Corner at the time of Confederation when it was a bustling village and a stage coach stop between Montreal, Québec, and New England. Visitors will meet some of the people who lived in the village in 1867, see demonstrations of heritage crafts and 19th century agricultural techniques, listen to music of the era, join in some old-time square dancing, and much more, including learning about local history from a well known historian. All of this takes place in an historic village where most of the houses were built in the 1800s. This event is a lovely way to spend a summer’s day, and a fascinating way to celebrate our part of Canada at the time of Confederation.
Our local actors in period costume will take on the roles of local merchants and storekeepers, farmers, the blacksmith, a schoolteacher, the clergy, the postmaster, a seamstress, and more. Local artisans will demonstrate heritage crafts from quilting and lace crochet to timberframing, basketmaking and candlemaking,. The local 4-H club and others will bring animals to demonstrate 19th century farming techniques, including ploughing with horses. A bilingual presentation by Mme. Monique Nadeau-Saumier, Ph.D., will highlight some of the prominent residents living in the village at the time of Confederation.
The festivities will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Museum site. A light lunch will be available in the Academy building from 11a.m. to 1 p.m.(to benefit the Bulwer Community Centre). A tea service with home made scones and jam will be served by Museum volunteers from 2 to 4 p.m.
The Eaton Corner Museum welcomes everyone to enter EATON CORNER 1867 free of charge thanks to the support of the Canada 150 Fund of Canadian Heritage.
The Museum is a not-for-profit, volunteer run, community organization dedicated to telling the story of the settlement and history of this part of the Eastern Townships. Since 1959 the Museum has been sharing knowledge and holding many different kinds of social and educational activities to fulfill its mission. It has a unique collection of objects, photographs, genealogical and archival materials. With its permanent exhibition, A Tale of the Townships, in the church, temporary exhibits in the Foss House, and its reserve collections in the Academy, the Museum boasts over 4000 objects in its collections which depict the life of the early settlers to this region of the Eastern Townships.