Desjardins Illuminated Village activities will continue as planned until January 2.
Drummondville, December 28, 2018 – The Faucher house, which has long been the home of the Village gossip, was engulfed in flames Friday morning around 8 a.m. The fire, which has now been brought under control, was mainly concentrated in the structure and attic of the summer kitchen. Activities at the Desjardins Illuminated Village, both indoor and outdoor, will take place according to the usual schedule. Remember that the Desjardins Illuminated Village focuses on the traditions of our ancestors during the holiday season. The site is safe for visitors, according to the Acting Division Chief of the Drummondville Fire Department, Mr. Pascal Roux. The activities that used to take place in this house will be relocated elsewhere on the site. It is still too early to determine the exact cause of the fire, but the wood stove would be seriously suspected.
Guy Bellehumeur, General Manager of the VQA, says he is nevertheless relieved under the circumstances. “We will be able to preserve the house in an authentic manner since only the summer kitchen was damaged. The common room around which two small bedrooms, the living room, another room converted into a notary’s office and the upper floor were saved,” he said.
“Without the quick intervention of the Village’s employees, who were present when the fire broke out, and of the firefighters who arrived quickly on the scene, the house would have been a total loss,” added Mr. Bellehumeur. In fact, the house is built entirely of wood and is insulated with sawdust; conditions that help the fire spread.
Built in 1850, the Faucher house represents the typical model of the “Quebec house” even if the porch-gallery is an addition from the beginning of the 20th century. The interior of this house represents the concern for perfection on the part of the craftsmen who worked there. Its roof is gabled with eaves troughs covered with cedar shingles. In 1903, the owner, Zéphirin Faucher, added a summer kitchen to the house. On the first floor, the ceiling is very low. It is a “coffered” ceiling fixed under the beams as found in very old and typical French Canadian homes.
The Village québécois d’antan offers visitors of all ages, from here and abroad, an authentic cultural experience by immersing them in the discovery of 19th and 20th century French-speaking Quebec. Consisting of authentic buildings, architectural treasures of peasant life, this lively interpretation centre brings back to life the 10,000 artifacts received over the years and is a contemporary showcase for the customs, traditions, trades and know-how, as well as the words that forged the history of a people. For more details on the Village québécois d’antan, visit our website at villagequebecois.com or contact us at 819 478-1441 / 1 877 710-0267. We also invite you to follow us on social media to stay informed of the latest news.
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