Musée du Bas-Saint-Laurent

A villager’s record

Photocopied drawing of a beach, trees and bushes, and a few buildings on the shore.

Saint Patrick. A Villager's Record (cover), by R. Clive Meredith (1982).

Archives de la Ville de Rivière-du-Loup, X6 414/2001.

The Meredith family had taken holidays in Saint-Patrice since at least 1867. That was the year Sir William C. Meredith, Chief Justice of Quebec, bought the land where he would build an impressive summer home, named Rosecliff. ​In 1982, R. Clive Meredith wrote Saint Patrick. A Villager's Record, which chronicles the history of the Saint-Patrice summer colony. Along with his personal recollections, he describes the main summer families, their leisure activities, their relations with local French-speaking farmers, and more. This 60-page volume was never published, but several families who summer in the area have photocopies of it.

The beach depicted on the book’s cover is located east of Saint-Patrice and is accessible from Rosecliff Villa. One of the buildings is a boathouse where canoes were kept.

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