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La Montée Lauriault et le chemin Kingsmere

Michel Lemaire presented his research on Chelsea's Lauriault Hill and Kingsmere Road to an engaged audience on Monday October 23, 2017 for the GVHS annual French talks to members and friends. Showing early maps, historic photos and census data, he introduced us to the early history of that area, from its first settlers and landowners up to the present day.

Jusqu'aux années 1950, le chemin Kingsmere était relié au chemin de la Montagne par la montée Lauriault, et les fermiers de Hollow Glen pouvaient grimper l'escarpement, tous les dimanches, pour se rendre à l'église Saint-Stephen d'Old Chelsea. La montée Lauriault constituait l'une des ouvertures sur la vallée de la rivière des Outaouais pour les pionniers des collines de la Gatineau. Aujourd'hui, ce vieux chemin est fermé et disparaît dans les bois. Comme le souvenir de Jean-Baptiste Lauriault, Michael Mulvihill ou Lyle Beamish.

Until the 1950s, Kingsmere Road was linked to Mountain Road by Lauriault's Hill Road, and the farmers from Hollow Glen would climb up the escarpment, every Sunday, to go to the church of Saint Stephen in Old Chelsea. Lauriault's Hill represented one of the openings to the Ottawa Valley for the pioneers of the Gatineau Hills. Today, this old road is closed. It has disappeared (in the woods), as has the memory of Jean-Baptiste Lauriault, Michael Mulvihill and Lyle Beamish.

Presentation:
- La Montée Lauriault et le chemin Kingsmere (pdf document)