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Brome County Museum (Brome County Historical Society)

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Date Founded: 
1897
Mission: 

The Brome County Historical Society, which manages the Museum, as well as a number of historic monuments, works to preserve and interpret the history of Brome County and surrounding areas. A membership-based organization, B.C.H.S. is the oldest historical society in the Eastern Townships.

Physical Description: 

larger_BCHS.3.sm_.JPGMuseum Grounds:
a) Old Fire Hall (1881 & 1904). Built as part of Knowlton Academy (1881), and later converted to a fire station, this building contains recreations of an early general store, blacksmith shop, shoe maker, and post office, and an exhibition of farm implements. The fire tower is the last of its kind in the area, and was originally used both as a lookout and for drying out fire hoses.

b) Marion L. Phelps Building (1985). Children's Museum, including displays on weaving and printing.

c) Martin Annex (1921). Showcases the military collection, which includes the famous Fokker D-VII biplane from World War I, the only completely original one of its kind in North America, and only one of three in the world.

d) Paul Holland Knowlton House. 200 year-old log cabin.

e) Old Academy Building (The Paul Holland Knowlton Memorial) (1854). This former academy now houses a school room, exhibits of Indian artifacts, pioneer furnishings, and Victorian rooms.

f) Centennial Building (1967). Contains administrative offices, a lecture hall, reception area and boutique.

g) County Court House (1858-59). This imposing neo-classical edifice originally contained the Courthouse and registry office of Brome County. Now houses the extensive Archives of the Brome County Historical Society. The old courtroom, on the second floor, is open to the public and contains most of its original furnishings. Open Sunday afternoons from June to September.

larger_IMG_1279.sm_.JPGOther Sites managed by the B.C.H.S.:
h) Tibbits Hill Pioneer Schoolhouse (1844). This early one-room schoolhouse, made entirely of stone, operated as a school until 1928. Since 1964, it has been part of the Brome County Museum, which maintains it in its original state. A short drive from Knowlton.

i) 4 historic monuments, including the Nicholas Austin Monument, near Lake Memphremagog.

j) The B.C.H.S. Archives. The Archives contain an extensive collection of material pertaining to the history and genealogy of Brome County and area. Facilities for research and consultation.

Collections: 

An extensive general collection of artifacts and documentation on Brome County and area.

Special Activities: 

larger_IMG_1313.sm_.JPGThematic exhibitions. Art exhibitions and antique/craft sales (fund-raisers). Self-guided tours. Guided tours for groups. Annual participation at Brome County Fair (September). School groups welcome (by appointment).

Publications: 

Yesterdays of Brome County: prices vary.
An extensive list of other publications (please inquire about titles and prices).

Business Hours: 

Museum:
mid-May to Thanksgiving:
Sunday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tibbits Hill Pioneer School & Knowlton Courthouse:
June to August:
Sundays only, 1 to 4:00 p.m. (staffed by volunteers).

Archives:
Year-round:
Monday-Friday (and by appointment), 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Please call first.)

Administration:
Year-round: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Fees: 

General admission: $8.00; Seniors/Students: $5.00; Children: $2.00. Family: $20.00.
Admission to Tibbits Hill Pioneer School is free, but donations are appreciated.
Annual membership: $25.00 (individual); $45.00 (couples); $50.00 (family); $50.00 (libraries & organizations); please inquire about lifetime memberships.
Free entry to museum for members.
Entry to archives $10 plus research charge when applicable.

Languages:

English
French
Address: 

130 Lakeside, Knowlton, QC, J0E 1V0.

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Telephone: 
(450) 243-6782
Fax: 
N/A.
Contact person: 
Arlene Royea, Managing Director