History

Pointe-du-Moulin's Little History…

In 1672, Intendant Jean Talon granted île Perrot as a seigneury to the Governor of Montreal of the time, François-Marie Perrot. Governor Perrot established a fur trading post in front of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue and the domain farm at the Grande Anse, close to the area now called Pointe-du-Domaine. In 1684, the seigneury was sold to Charles LeMoyne, and afterwards, in 1703, to Joseph Trottier (also known as Desruisseaux) and his wife Françoise Cuillerier who moved the seigneurial domain to the Pointe-du-Domaine. They constructed the manor in 1705 and the windmill in 1707-1708.

The highlight of Pointe-du-Moulin's Park is its magnificent windmill with its functional vanes or sails. Not far from the windmill, we find the miller’s house which was built in 1786-1787 and occupied by Master Millers Jean-Baptiste Relle (Harel) from 1786 to 1791, followed by Charles Cytoleux (also known as Langevin).

Histoire du ParcThe île Perrot windmill is one of only two functional mills out of the remaining 18 that still exist in Quebec. Île Perrot's regional pioneers from Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot, L’Île-Perrot, Pincourt and Terrasse-Vaudreuil patronized this windmill which is now an icon to the benefit of the population of the island and the region of Vaudreuil-Soulanges. The town of Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot, where this historical park is located, holds great pride in this heritage.      

 

The Park's History

On June 4, 1973, the Quebec Government exchanged properties with the Federal Government: the province received the Pointe-du-Moulin property in exchange for the Forges du Saint-Maurice's site, in Trois-Rivières.

From 1977 to the fall of 1978, the restoration of both the windmill and the miller’s house was carried out as well as the Park's layout. In the spring of 1979, the Park opened and during that summer 15,000 people discovered the site. Each year since, our activity leaders have welcomed many thousands more!

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The Société de développement du Parc historique de la Pointe-du-Moulin's History

Along with the Vaudreuil-Soulanges region key playors, the town of Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot, the AGAIP (L’Île-Perrot's business people association), the Sainte-Jeanne-de-Chantal N.D.Î.P. Foundation, the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Regional Museum and the Notre-Dame-de-Fatima Centre created the Société de développement du Parc historique de la Pointe-du-Moulin (SDPHPM) in spring of 2008.

This non-profit organization's mission is to maintain the management and activities of the Historical Park by offering a variety of events that encourage the discovery of its natural and historical heritage by the local and regional population and tourists, in a context of sustainability and for future generations.