The First Stella-Maris Hospital, situated at 127 Du Couvent Road in Bouctouche, is acknowledged as a Local Historic Place for its role as the original Stella-Maris Hospital, its connection to the McLaughlin Family, and its architectural significance.
The heritage value of the first Stella-Maris Hospital is rooted in its prior function as a hospital. Nurse Aline Michaud-Marcoux, supported by her husband Dr. Robert Marcoux and her father Félix Michaud, established the region’s inaugural hospital within the residence in 1947. This event was considered a significant milestone, and the value of the medical care provided to the community at this original facility was invaluable.
The First Stella-Maris Hospital is also notable for its association with the family who resided there. The middle-class home belonged to Michael McLaughlin and his family before being converted into a hospital.
During a European trip in 1881, local priest Father Michaud met Michael McLaughlin in Ireland. The young Irishman subsequently accompanied the priest back to Canada and later married Sophie Michaud, Father Michaud’s niece. Michael McLaughlin went on to become the founder of McLaughlin Company Ltd.
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