Farmhouse, Store & Boarding House
The Beauséjour with its owners, on the south side
The boarding house Beauséjour with its owners, Georges Dionne and his wife.
This sturdy wooden house, on the south side, was built in 1833 by a carpenter from Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, Michel Philibert. It was constructed of traditional squared logs to form a rectangular structure with a pitched roof. From 1833 to 1896, it served primarily as a farmhouse, with the ground floor and basement housing a store kept by three successive merchant farmers.
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Rita Marquis Collection
The boarding house in 1974
The boarding house in 1974.
With the intention of renting rooms to tourists, the first owner Abraham Pelletier had eleven dormers built in the attic of his impressive residence. Three have been removed since.
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Photo : Lynda Dionne
Saltwater bathing, around 1890
Saltwater bathing, around 1890.
In an advertisement printed in the Quebec newspaper, Le Canadien in August 1845, Abraham Pelletier noted that the Maison de bains à Kakouna could accommodate invalids. In those days, people believed in the restorative virtues of saltwater bathing. As early as 1843, the steamer Pocahontas made weekly trips from Quebec City to Rivière-du-Loup, letting passengers off at Rivière-Ouelle, Murray Bay and Kamouraska.
Antonio Sirois Family Collection
On the right, Thomas Dubé’s Welcome House
On the right, Thomas Dubé’s Welcome House.
In the late 19th century, Thomas Dubé purchased the building and renamed it Welcome House. His lodgers were mostly the wives and children of Anglican clergymen, who were unable to stay in The Clergy House of Rest across the street. In 1924 it was bought by a farmer named Georges Dionne, who changed the name to Beauséjour, and continued to open it to the public for a few more years.
Postcard Rivard Frères Enr. Éditeurs, Cacouna, Lucienne Roy Collection