Ralph Merry V. Merry Family fonds. Magog Historical Society
The Merry House
The Merry House is a citizen site of memory that will open its doors to the public in 2018. It will offer various entertaining and interactive exhibitions and activities to visitors.
Owned by the City of Magog, it’s the oldest house in urban Magog and is managed by the Corporation de la maison Merry, whose mission is to develop and promote the new site of memory for the benefit of Magog residents and visitors.
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A bit of history
The overall appearance of the Merry House, built in 1821 by Ralph Merry III, considered the founder of Magog, remains very similar to that which prevailed in the 19th and 20th centuries. Its classically inspired American vernacular architectural style bears witness to the period. At least six successive generations of the Merry family lived there from 1821 to 1942.
From 1821 to today: Merry House restoration and appreciation project
The Merry House in the 1940s. Merry Family fonds. Magog Historical Society and Merry House restoration and appreciation project. Espace Vital/Patrick Morand, architects, 2017)
The architectural concept for the restoration and showcasing of the Merry House focuses on the ensemble, which includes the main building (the oldest part of the house), to be restored to its original features; the renovated secondary wing; and the addition of a new wing in a more modern style. The foundation will reflect the layout of former structures on the site.
The outdoor landscaping will feature a slate terrace and stone dust pathways to preserve a natural site based on the unique abundance of trees in Magog’s city centre. Picnic tables and benches will be available for the public, welcome to visit the park at any time.
The City of Magog has entrusted the Merry House restoration and appreciation project to the architectural consortium Espace Vital/Patrick Morand. We wish to underscore the contribution of the firm Muséoconseil in developing the project.
Visit the City of Magog’s website to follow the progress of the work.
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A citizen site of memory
The Merry House presents the social, cultural, and economic narrative of Magog and the Eastern Townships via an innovative approach. Through dynamic activities, visitors can take over the house and the site for educational, recreational, or community purposes, thus highlighting this heritage treasure.
The interactive tour of the oldest house in urban Magog is paired with an exploration of the outdoor property, showcasing its historical heritage in an exceptional natural setting.
The Merry House is a citizen site of memory that aims to bring history to life through community involvement, and thus raise public awareness of the importance of the region’s heritage through various entertaining and interactive activities. A host of events will take place to make it possible for visitors of all ages to discover, learn, and interact with history.
Discover the social, economic and cultural life of the Magog region through the Merry family and their house.
Visitors will learn about this history through an experience that combines new technologies with artefacts, and illustrations with antique objects. The rich history of the outdoor area will also be highlighted through a mobile technological experience. The scenography and museology firm Lupien-Matteau is creating the exhibition and outdoor experience.
Changed periodically, temporary exhibitions will delve more deeply into the history of the Magog region and shed new light on the subject. There will be lots for visitors to discover and they will have an opportunity to actively participate in the experience. In collaboration with the Magog Historical Society, the Merry House’s first temporary exhibition will focus on workers in Magog’s textile industry and will feature the stories of former workers.
The Merry House is looking for former textile workers!
The Merry House is planning an exhibition on Magog’s textile industry workers. Are you a former Magog Dominion Textile employee? Do you have anecdotes to tell and/or objects or photographs to lend us? We would be very interested in them. Be a part of history!
Contact Geneviève Dorion Bélisle at 819 201-0727
or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support the Merry House
Our long-awaited house will open its doors this summer.
While collaborating with the City of Magog on the restoration and construction, our team is working hard to put in place all the necessary tools for the smooth running of operations and organization of the many activities and events that will take place.
Help us and give generously!