Located a few steps away from Our Lady of the Cape Shrine, the Maison Rocheleau is a precious witness to the history of the eastern side of town.
A priceless witness to local history, Maison Rocheleau evokes the memories of a pioneer family from Cap-de-la-Madeleine, as well as the other owners throughout the years.
Maison Rocheleau is a uniquely designed building where original materials share the spotlight with current and contemporary materials. Can you distinguish the old from the new?
Built in 1742 by François Rocheleau, the house was commissioned by the Jesuits, who owned the Seigniory of Cap-de-la-Madeleine. In 1763, the religious order sold its share of the house to Mr. Rocheleau. He became the sole owner of the building, which would remain in the family for over a century.
As the decades rolled by, the various owners transformed the house, which served as a warehouse and as a hotel and is located on land that provided a plentiful supply of thermal water. As the owners changed, so did the role of the house. In 2010, the City of Trois-Rivières acquired the house and initiated the process of renovating and restoring this heritage jewel.
Focusing on local history, Maison Rocheleau, also known as "Manoir des Jésuites," has a permanent exhibit highlighting its various owners and rich architectural heritage.
Valérie Bourgeois earned a master's degree in History in 2002. She has over 15 years of experi-ence in the tourism industry and is the director of heritage for the Corporation de développe-ment culturel de Trois-Rivières. Her energy, vision and passion for history make her an excep-tional team leader. Valérie is determined, as well as energetic, and has every intention of mak-ing Boréalis, Manoir Boucher de Niverville, and Maison Rocheleau exceptional tourist attrac-tions!
Julie has more than 10 years of experience in the cultural and museum sector. Upon joining the Corporation de développement culturel team in 2010, she was assigned to Manoir Boucher de Niverville and Maison Rocheleau. She uses her experience and versatility to manage heritage sites, implement actions within the "Heritage" component of the Cultural Development Agreement, and coordinate special projects for Boréalis. In addition, she is responsible for research and the collection at Boréalis. One of her priorities is to make heritage attractive and accessible to as many people as possible.
Alexandra holds a bachelor's degree in History. An employee of the Corporation de développement culturel team for many years, she is now part of the heritage team. As an animator at Boréalis, Manoir Boucher de Niverville, and Maison Rocheleau, she can combine her passion for history with her enjoyment for interacting with people. Her adaptability allows her to animate school groups and guided tours, welcome visitors, and develop activities, at all three sites. She also provides invaluable support for Manoir Boucher de Niverville and Maison Rocheleau activities.
Originally from France, Romain has a master's degree in History and a second master's from Université Laval in Classical Studies. For the past several years, he has been working in the field of animation, recreation, and education. He has also made project management and event coordination part of his skill set. Truly in love with Quebec, its culture, and its heritage, Romain shows this passion for culture by creating educational activities and through his management of the Boréalis animation team.