In January 2013 members of the Beaumont & District Heritage Society went on a guided tour of the St. Jacques house. It is the oldest building in Beaumont still standing. We started our tour on the basement level and as you will see in the pictures we have included, it has a very low ceiling. There are three logs that serve as teleposts that have supported the house for over 100 years now. We have a picture of a very thick post in the center of the basement that is firmly perched on a rock embedded in the dirt floor. You can also see some of the stone foundation as well as a thick cement wall that was added to support the original basement walls of the home.
On the main floor, just off from the kitchen, is a room that has served as a master bedroom for a number of years. There have been stories that the room included a second door at the north corner wall. After our visit the paneling was removed from that corner and a former doorway was located. In the photo you can see some of the original wood. We have concluded that this room probably served as a parlour when the house was first built.
A bath/laundry room was added in the mid to late 40’s by renovating the only other (smaller) bedroom on the main floor. We intend to upgrade the bathroom section to allow for public access and will probably convert the laundry area into a pantry. Carpeting on the main and second floor and stairway will be removed to reveal the original wood flooring of the home.
On the second level another bathroom was installed by the family in the large closet space. It will be removed and the flooring restored. The chimney will be uncovered and upgraded all the way from the girl’s 2nd floor bedroom down to the main floor kitchen/bedroom wall where it has been hidden for a number of years. This will allow us to install a wood stove so that we can do some old fashioned baking. It is our plan to restore the chimney section in the basement for viewing purposes only.
The St. Jacques Heritage House will serve as an ideal hands-on heritage learning activity center for local school children and their families as well as visitors to Beaumont. We appreciate all of the support we have received from the Town of Beaumont that is helping us to preserve this heritage home. 🙂