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Berthierville, Québec, Canada (Berthier-en-Haut) (Ste-Genevieve-de-Berthier) - 1832 - The village of Berthier


is pleasantly situated on the N. side of the Chenail du Nord, and forms one principal street, consisting of 125 houses placed, sometimes at long intervals, on the side of the main road to Quebec: many of them are extremely well-built and handsome. There are, exclusive of dwellings, a great many granaries and storehouses for general merchandise, it being a place of some trade, whence British manufactured goods are dispersed over the neighbouring populous seigniories, and whence also large quantities of grain are annually exported. - The population is 850. - The church that claims notice not only as being a handsome structure, but for the elegance of its interior decoration, is situated at a small distance behind the main street. This village being about mid-way between Montreal and Three Rivers, in the direct route of the public stage coaches that have been established upon the plan of those in England between the former place and Quebec, and being also the principal intermediate post-office station, is a place of great resort and considerable traffic. At the inns travellers will always find good accommodation. On passing through the Chenail du Nord, the village with its gardens, orchards, meadows and surrounding cultivated fields, form together an agreeable and pleasing assemblage of objects, although from the flatness of the country the prospect is not marked by any of those traits of grandeur so frequently observable on the N. side of the St. Lawrence, descending towards Quebec. The land is here so little above the level of the river, that in the spring, when the melted snow and ice occasion a rise of the waters, it is sometimes overflowed to a considerable distance, and much damage is done to the lower parts of the houses in the village and to the goods deposited in the stores. These inundations have occasionally been so great that it has been necessary to remove large quantities of wheat from the upper stories of the granaries.

A Topographical Dictionary of The Province of Lower Canada by Joseph Bouchette, Esq., London, 1832

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Berthierville, Québec, Canada (Berthier-en-Haut) (Ste-Genevieve-de-Berthier)

Berthierville, Québec, Canada (Berthier-en-Haut) (Ste-Genevieve-de-Berthier)

Berthierville, Québec, Canada (Berthier-en-Haut) (Ste-Genevieve-de-Berthier)

Berthierville, Québec, Canada (Berthier-en-Haut) (Ste-Genevieve-de-Berthier)

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