Missisquoi Museum, run by the Missisquoi Historical Society, collects, preserves, researches, exhibits, and publishes items of interest to the historical development of Missisquoi County and surrounding areas. Of particular interest is the history of the United Empire Loyalists who settled the region, and of the other early settlers from the United States.
Three separate buildings make up the Museum.
The three buildings are presently the Cornell Mill and Hodge’s General Store in Stanbridge East and the Walbridge Barn in Mystic (St-Ignace-de-Stanbridge).
a) The Cornell Mill (1830), the main building, houses the bulk of the museum's artifacts, as well as exhibition and office space. Many artifacts in the Mill testify to the Loyalists' impact on the region. Other notable exhibits pertain to the Fenian Raids of 1866 & 1870. Of special interest are the whimsical folk carvings (1920s) of a travelling circus, by Charles and Florence Millard.
b) Hodge's General Store (1841), just up the street from the Mill, is an "Old Time Country Store." Hodge's contains much of its original Depression-era merchandise.
c) The Walbridge Barn – The Museum is also proud of its collection of agricultural equipment and implements from the early 20th century, which are now highlighted in the Walbridge Barn. This twelve-sided barn (12 sides) is unique in Quebec and is architecturally innovative.
g) The Society manages 18 early cemeteries, including a former slave cemetery (one of only a few in Canada), and 2 historic monuments, including one commemorating the Battle of Eccles Hill (1870).
Artifacts and documentation on the history of Missisquoi County and surrounding areas. Special emphasis on the history of the Loyalists who settled in the region.
Guided or self-guided tours. Annual Apple Pie Festival (September). Rotating thematic exhibitions. School programming: "Museum in a Box," a portable artifact kit that is available to teachers as an educational tool. Genealogical research.
Limited wheelchair access at Cornell Mill; full wheelchair access at Hodge's Store and Walbridge Barn.
Numerous publications and reprints for sale. For titles and prices, please inquire.
Museum open from the end of May to mid-October:
Monday-Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Offices and boutique (year-round): Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Archives (year-round): Monday-Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Museum : (the price includes the visit to all 3 sites)
Admission – Adults $10 - Seniors and groups $8 - Students (12 to 18 yrs) $5 - Children (younger than 12) $3
Free for members
Membership: Individual $15 – Family/Dual $25 – Lifetime $125
Groups – maximum of 60 people at one time.
2 River St., Stanbridge East, QC, J0J 2H0.