Alexis Cyr House – Saint-Basile

Alexis Cyr House is a rural building from around 1825. This “pièce sur pièce” building is located on a new site on De la Chapelle Street in Saint-Basile, an integral part of the City of Edmundston.

The heritage value of the Alexis Cyr House as a local historic place lies in the importance of its method of construction. This residence is a rare existing example of “pièce sur pièce” construction found in New Brunswick. It is a good representation of the type of vernacular construction used by the first settlers to the region.

Heritage value is also associated with this building because of its age. Dating back to the early 19th century, it is considered the oldest known home in Madawaska County. It was also the residence of many descendants of the Cyr family, known as one of the pioneering families of Madawaska. 

Alexis Cyr House

The heritage value of the structure also resides in its current use. Owned by the Société Historique du Madawaska, the Alexis Cyr House was moved to its current location where it is part of a historic site known as the Cradle of Madawaska. The house now serves as a museum, exhibiting collections associated with the region’s history.

Pioneers Chapel Chapel

The Pioneers Chapel, which is located at the Saint-Basile Cemetery was also associated with the Alexis Cyr house. 

Cradle of Madawaska

Behind the park you will find the Site Marial de Saint Basile constructed on the side hill. 

Site Marial de Saint Basile

Berceau Park has a water feature and playground for children, benches to relax, washrooms and beautiful landscaping.

Berceau Park Saint-Basile, NB

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Resource: HistoricPlaces.ca 

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