The Vieux presbytère de Batiscan that has been opening its doors for more than 200 years. Built in 1816, this old presbytery is an architectural wonder retaining all its authenticity. Classified Heritage site, it is now a witness to our ancestors’ lives.
The Vieux presbytère de Batiscan offers you a guided tour during which you will discover the everyday life of a 19th century country priest and his housekeeper. Take a moment during your visit to explore the ancestral garden and do one of the proposed activities.
Costumed Group tour (min. 20 people)
The Priest, this old devil! (Sacré curé!)
The presbytery was, once, the theatre of a continual coming and going. The priest was his flock’s confidant and had an answer to everything – From the financial problems and sickness to the neighbour quarrels, et cetera. 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. Many juicy anecdotes are waiting for you!
Duration: 45 minutes
19th century garden
Explore the ancestral garden and learn our ancestors’ gardening means, as well as he vegetables grown in the 19th century. Duration: 15 minutes
From the cave to the attic (De la cave au grenier)
Visit the Vieux presbytère from the cave to the attic alongside Albert Décary, an engineer. Albert was the owner of the Vieux presbytère, between 1922-1962 and will show you the building from an entirely different perspective. Track his beautiful jewel of Mauricie’s rural architecture from 1696 – when the first presbytery was constructed – until now. Duration: 15 minutes
Churn your butter (Baratte ton beurre)
Making your own butter is very simple. It’s only churned cream. At the end of this activity, you will leave with a knob of butter you made yourself.