The priest, this old devil! (Sacré curé!)
The The priest, this old devil! (Sacré curé!) exhibit immerses you in the everyday life of Winceslas Théophile Fréchette, priest of Batiscan between 1843 and 1875, as well as Adéline, his housekeeper, arriving at the presbytery at 15 of age. Discover what was the role of a priest during those times, as well as his daily activities. We once whispered our worries, our hassles and our concerns to the priest – he was our confidant and had an answer to everything. From the financial problems and sickness to the neighbour quarrels, et cetera. His house was the theatre of a continual coming and going. One would go to his house to talk, eat and warm themselves. Many juicy anecdotes are waiting for you!
Daily guided tours
Costumed guided tours on the weekends
* Visit the “The priest, this old devil! (Sacré curé!)” exhibit on the Virtual Museum of Canada
Adéline’s four seasons (Les quatre saisons d’Adéline) and The 19th century garden (Le potager du 19e siècle)
What our ancestors ate? Adéline’s recipes (the priest’s housekeeper), will tell you what people ate in the 19th century in Quebec’s countryside. The temporary exhibit Adéline’s four seasons (Les quatre saisons d’Adéline) ends at the ancestral garden, where you’ll discover the primary vegetables eaten, and where we grow them in the same fashion they did back in those days. Depending on the current harvests, you could be entitled to leave with fresh vegetables – just ask the front desk.
From the cave to the attic (De la cave au grenier)
The activity From the cave to the attic (De la cave au grenier), is for the architecture aficionados, and let you discover everything there is to know about the Vieux presbytère alongside engineer Albert Roch Décary. Albert was the owner of the Vieux presbytère, between 1922-1960 and will show you the building from an entirely different perspective. We need to thank him for the condition the presbytery is in today! He’ll tell you the architectural secrets of this beautiful jewel of Mauricie’s rural architecture.
The guided tou is offered on the weekends, in July and August.
The Vieux presbytère de Batiscan is part of the Sacré circuit (Holy tour), a tour regrouping 6 religous historical sites from the cities of Champlain, Batiscan and Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pérade