Musée du Bas-Saint-Laurent

The Colonel Woods, timber merchant

A large house with broad porches on two floors all around and a turret.

The summer home of Colonel James William Woods in Saint-Patrice (Rivière-du-Loup), 1920.

© Musée du Bas-Saint-Laurent, Paul-Émile Martin coll., m07004.

The Colonel James Woods’s summer home was located near the Saint-Patrice golf course, which he co-founded in 1902. James William Woods (1863‒1930) was a prosperous manufacturer and timber merchant from the Ottawa area.

Woods transformed this summer home, built in 1865, after he bought it in 1902. It was after this time that a tower was added, only to disappear in the 1940s. When Prime Minister Louis-Stephen St-Laurent became its owner in 1950, this house had lost its feel of a little castle though it maintained all its charm.

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