Uplands, sponsored in large part by the Town of Lennoxville, is a meeting and networking centre for organizations and individuals intent on sharing the rich and diverse heritage of Lennoxville and the surrounding area. Through art exhibitions, craft shows, educational projects, lectures, and workshops, its priorities are to support expressions of culture that are pluralistic, inter-generational, and multi-cultural in nature, and that reflect the diversity of artistic approaches and craft traditions in the community.
a) Uplands Cultural and Heritage Centre. This imposing neo-Georgian edifice (1862) was originally the home of the Paddons, a prominent Lennoxville family. The ground floor is home to an Art Gallery, featuring exhibitions of Eastern Townships arts and crafts. It also contains a Victorian library and dining room, furnished in period artifacts from the collection of the Lennoxville-Ascot Historical and Museum Society (L.A.H.M.S.). The Centre's offices are also on this floor, as is the Tea Room (tea being served on the verandah during the summer). The second floor is devoted entirely to the L.A.H.M.S., and features a Victorian-style parlour (on permanent display), as well as temporary thematic exhibitions, office space, and the historical society's Archives.
b) Uplands Red Barn. The last remaining original outbuilding on the property, the Barn workshop houses the Historical Society's tool collection and other artifacts. A number of special activities are put on here, including a children's theatre programme.
c) Four acres of grounds include landscaped gardens, woodlands, and places to sit.
Uplands fills a variety of needs related to arts, culture, and heritage. It serves as a gathering place for artists, historians, genealogists, writers, storytellers, gardeners, and other groups. Special activities include: guided tours of the facilities (year round); seasonal, bilingual workshops on local heritage and traditional arts and crafts (daytime, evenings, and week-ends); and art exhibitions (about eight per year, mostly local professional artists). The Uplands Music Society holds seasonal concerts featuring period music. Traditional English Tea is served Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 4:30pm during the summer season, and on weekends from 1 to 4:30pm throughout the rest of the year. A children's theatre programme, sponsored by the Town of Lennoxville, is organized each summer in the Red Barn. Uplands is part of the Traces et Souvenances tour of Sherbrooke and Lennoxville.
Trois Maisons historiques / Three Historical Houses (2000): Free.
Summer (June 24-Labour Day): Tuesday to Sunday, 10 to 4:30 p.m.
Rest of the year: Wednesday to Sunday, 1 to 4:30 p.m.
Tea Services (Summer): Tuesday to Sunday, 10 to 4:30 p.m.
Tea Service (Rest of the year): Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4:30pm (except during art openings)
Lennoxville-Ascot Historical and Museum Society Archives: by appointment only.
Annual membership (Friends of Uplands): $10.00 (individual); $20.00 (family).
Entrance fees: Donations are accepted ($2.00 suggested).
9 Speid, Sherbrooke (Lennoxville Borough), QC, J1M 1R9.