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Sainte-Flavie in La Mitis MRC, Quebec — French Canadian Region
 

La maison du bedeau / The Sexton's House

Sainte-Flavie, "Porte de la Gaspésie"

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., August 16, 2018
1. La maison du bedeau / The Sexton's House Marker
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Une maison du XIXe siècle

Cette petite maison québécoise a été construite à l'été 1849. Ce style architectural apparaît dans la région au début du XIXe siècle. Selon l'historien Michel Lessard, il résuite d'une évolution de la maison française importée par les premiers colons.

Comme beaucoup de maisons de colonisation de l'époque, elle possède un solage de pierre des champs et est construite en pièce sur pièce. À l'origine, les murs et la toiture sont recouverts de bardeau de cèdre. C'est le bois qui prédomine dans cette maison québécoise. Ce matériau, abondant dans toutes les régions du Québec, est en effet plus apte que la pierre à protéger les habitants de la maison contre les rudes froids d'hiver.

Au fil du temps, cette construction connaît plusieurs usages. D'abord maison d'habitant, elle devient ensuite la première école du village. En 1913, sa vocation change une nouvelle fois. Étant donné sa proximité avec l'église, le premier étage de la maison devient la résidence du bedeau tandis que l'étage supérieur sert dorénavant de salle paroissiale. On utilise cette dernière

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By William Fischer, Jr., August 16, 2018
2. La maison du bedeau / The Sexton's House et/and Marker
Marker is at left side of photo, in the flowers in front of the picket fence
tant pour des réunions de paroissiens que pour celles du conseil municipal, des commissaires d'école et du cercle d'agriculture. La pièce devient aussi un lieu de culture et de divertissement puisqu'on y tient parfois des pièces de théâtre. Depuis 1951, cette belle québécoise a entièrement retrouvé sa vocation première, c'est-à-dire celle de résidence privée.

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• La maison du bedeau
Située au cœur du village, la résidence du bedeau se trouvait à proximité des principales instutitions de l'époque dont l'église et le presbytère. Sur la photographie, nous observons que le bedeau était voisin de la vieille auberge et du magasin général ! 1932

• La famille grandit !
Assis confortablement dans les plates-bandes de maman, les enfants du couple Beaulieu posent pour la caméra.

• Un couple heureux !
Monsieur et madame Beaulieu posent fièrement avec leur premier enfant devant la maison qu'ils occupent depuis plusieurs mois déjà ! Vers 1951.

[English translation]

A 19th century house

This small Quebec house was built in the summer of 1849. This architectural style first appeared in the region in the early nineteenth century. According to historian Michel Lessard, it resulted from an evolution of the French house style imported by the first settlers.

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many colonization houses of the time, it has a fieldstone foundation and was built room on room. The walls and roof were originally covered with cedar shingles, the predominant wood for this Quebec house. Cedar, abundant in all regions of Quebec, is indeed more suitable than stone to protect the residents against the harsh cold winter.

This structure had several uses over time. First a residence, it then became the first school in the village. In 1913, its vocation changed again. Due to its proximity to the church, the first floor became the sexton's residence, while the upper floor was used as a parish hall. The latter was used for parishioner meetings as well as for those of the municipal council, school commissioners and the agriculture circle. The space also became a place of culture and entertainment, where plays were sometimes held. Since 1951, this beautiful Quebecois structure has completely regained its original vocation, that is to say, that of a private residence.

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• The Sexton's House
Located in the heart of the village, the sexton's residence was close to the main institutions of the era, including the church and the rectory. In the photograph, note that the sexton was also near the old inn and the general store! 1932

• The family is growing!
Sitting comfortably in mom's flowerbeds,

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the Beaulieu children pose for the camera.

• A happy couple!
Mr. and Mrs. Beaulieu proudly pose with their first child in front of the house they have already been living in for several months! Around 1951.

 
Erected by Municipalité de Sainte-Flavie.
 
Location. 48° 36.66′ N, 68° 13.813′ W. Marker is in Sainte-Flavie, Quebec, in La Mitis MRC. Marker is at the intersection of route de la Mer (Quebec Route 132) and route Flavie-Drapeau, on the left when traveling north on route de la Mer. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 502 route de la Mer, Sainte-Flavie, Quebec G0J 2L0, Canada. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. La Vielle Auberge / The Old Inn (a few steps from this marker); Le presbytère / The Rectory (within shouting distance of this marker); Le magasin général / The General Store (within shouting distance of this marker); La maison Langlois (within shouting distance of this marker); L'église de Sainte-Flavie Church (within shouting distance of this marker); La grange à dîme / The Tithe Barn (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Place Clément-Chouinard Plaza (approx. half a kilometer away); Les Jardins de Métis (approx. 7.7 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sainte-Flavie.
 
Also see . . .
1. Un peu d'histoire sur Sainte-Flavie. (Submitted on January 22, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Sainte-Flavie. (Submitted on January 22, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 22, 2019. This page originally submitted on January 22, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 41 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 22, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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