Village de Séraphin

Village de Séraphin is a former Canadian open-air museum inspired by the television drama Les Belles Histoires des pays d'en haut, with more than eighteen houses to visit, located from no 300 to no 350, rue Séraphin in Sainte-Adèle.

Village de Séraphin
Village de Séraphin is located in Central Quebec
Village de Séraphin
Location within Central Quebec
Established1967 (1967)
DissolvedMay 30, 1999 (1999-05-30)
Location300-350, rue Séraphin
Sainte-Adèle, Quebec, Canada
Coordinates45°58′21″N 74°09′59″W / 45.97250°N 74.16639°W / 45.97250; -74.16639Coordinates: 45°58′21″N 74°09′59″W / 45.97250°N 74.16639°W / 45.97250; -74.16639
TypeLiving museum

HistoryEdit

In 1965, Fernand Montplaisir, a pharmacist from Sainte-Adèle, bought land where Séraphin Poudrier [fr]'s house was located, to build Village de Séraphin. For $50,000, he obtained the rights to use the characters of Claude-Henri Grignon.[1][2]

Village de Séraphin was inaugurated in 1967, with initially eight houses bought piece by piece in the vicinity of Sainte-Adèle and rebuilt in the village. In this first season, more than 100,000 people visited the place.[1][3]

In 1977, Village de Séraphin had 17 houses to visit.[4]

Fernand Montplaisir inaugurated in 1983 a new park called Pays des Merveilles, located near the site of Village de Séraphin.[2]

In the mid-1980s, the château de la riche héritière was built, bringing the number to eighteen houses to visit.[5][6]

Following the death of her husband Fernand Montplaisir in January 1998, Thérèse Montplaisir tried to sell the village, but without success.[7]

On May 30, 1999, Village de Séraphin was opened to the public for the last time and sold at auction.[8][9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Le Village de Séraphin est construit sur la terre même où Claude Henri-Grignon avait situé la maison de Séraphin Poudrier" (PDF). BAnQ. La Presse. July 11, 1977. p. A9.
  2. ^ a b "Du Village de Séraphin à la croisière sur le lac des Sables" (PDF). BAnQ. La Presse. September 17, 1983. p. Y3.
  3. ^ "HISTOIRE Sainte-Adèle connaît la célébrité". Ville de Sainte-Adèle.
  4. ^ "100,000 visiteurs pour Séraphin" (PDF). BAnQ. La Presse. July 11, 1977. p. A1.
  5. ^ Chartier, Daniel (2000). L'émergence des classiques: la réception de la littérature québécoise des années 1930. Éditions Fides. p. 70-81.
  6. ^ Colombo, John Robert (June 1, 2001). 1000 Questions About Canada: Places, People, Things and Ideas, A Question-and-Answer Book on Canadian Facts and Culture.
  7. ^ "Le Village de Séraphin mis aux enchères" (PDF). BAnQ. La Presse. May 25, 1999. p. A15.
  8. ^ "Le village de Séraphin vendu aux enchères" (PDF). BAnQ. La Presse. May 31, 1999. p. A6.
  9. ^ "Reportage of Radio-Canada on the end of Village de Séraphin". Archives de Radio-Canada. May 30, 1999.

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