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The Heritage site :

An immersive experience

A historic site frozen in time

The Heritage site

The Heritage Site (Site patrimonial de Saint-Jacques-de-Leeds) will take you back in time, with its traditions and its beautiful landscape. We invite you to come and discover the history of the Township of Leeds pioneers, from the arrival of the first colonist Archibald MacLean, to the construction of the Craig’s road in 1810, which connected Quebec city to Boston.

The site offers different services such as a pedestrian path, rest areas, picnic tables and restrooms.

There is a restaurant, a snack bar, and a grocery storeclose by (less than 5 minutes away) if you want to have a picnic on the site.

People with reduced mobility, that are accompanied, have access to the buildings and walkways at all times.

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230, rue Principale
Saint-Jacques-de-Leeds, QC
G0N 1J0

Leeds Model School

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In 1845, the first Leeds School Commission was established. Its language was English and its religion Protestant because most of the settlement’s inhabitants were Protestants.

 After the first school’s closing, and the second school was destroyed by fire, in 1894 the school commissioners decided to build a new school which was completed 2 years later.

Located on Main Street in the upper part of town, the Leeds Model School opened its doors in January 1897.   It closed permanently in 1945.

After several changes of ownership, the administrative committee “Corporation du Patrimoine du Canton de Leeds” saved the school from demolition in 1994. It was then moved to the Heritage Site, a difficult task considering the size of the building 30 feet x 70 feet.  To facilitate the move, the School was moved in winter time and then restored once located on its new foundation.

St-James Church

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In 1845, the first Leeds School Commission was established. Its language was English and its religion Protestant because most of the settlement’s inhabitants were Protestants.

 After the first school’s closing, and the second school was destroyed by fire, in 1894 the school commissioners decided to build a new school which was completed 2 years later.

 Located on Main Street in the upper part of town, the Leeds Model School opened its doors in January 1897.   It closed permanently in 1945.

 After several changes of ownership, the administrative committee “Corporation du Patrimoine du Canton de Leeds” saved the school from demolition in 1994. It was then moved to the Heritage Site, a difficult task considering the size of the building 30 feet x 70 feet.  To facilitate the move, the School was moved in winter time and then restored once located on its new foundation.

Rectory Alexander

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It was Reverend James Lynn Alexander who constructed this building in 1837. Made entirely of stone, the house has an imposing stature.

 In 1841, the Reverend sold his residence to the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel.

During Reverend Joseph Rotera’s pastorate from 1888 to 1924, major work was done on the house.   A long porch was added to the front in 1914.

 After Reverend Joseph Rotera’s departure, the rectory would be used sporadically only.  Between 1942 and 1953, it welcomed young boys from summer camps from all around the province. Some of them left their signatures inside the windows’ shutters.

 After 50 years of being uninhabited, the rectory was restored: the walls were repainted, the roof redone, and the inside decorated as in the 19th century.

Sunday River School

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Also known by the name “School #5”, the Sunday River School was located near the Sunday River near the 10th range.  The first school was built around 1870, and closed its doors in 1912.  In 1927, at the same location, a new school began. It operated until 1943.

 In 1948, the building was sold and moved to Lemesurier. In September 2000, it was moved to the Heritage Site after its owners, Francis and Isabelle Murphy, donated it to the “Corporation du Patrimoine du Canton de Leeds”. 

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