Dudswell

Dudswell is located in the Eastern Townships Region, at the foot of the Appalachian Mountains, at approximately 40 km east of Sherbrooke, Dudswell counts approximately 1800 inhabitants.

The township is composed of three neighbourhoods, namely Bishopton, Marbleton and Dudswell. These communities became amalgamated under the name of Dudswell in 1995, though their respective borders are well-preserved.

The first families come here around 1800, in the area of Bishopton.

In 1824 Marbleton, nestled around the Argent Lake in a green valley is founded with the mining of calcium deposits. Marble deposits are also mined here later, since 1850, inspiring the town’s name. Dudswell saw the arrival of Anglophone communities from the United States, England, Scotland, and Ireland, and the Francophone residents from the rest of Quebec, which explains the presence of Anglican, Catholic and United Churches.

Marbleton rests on a charming site surrounded by hills, on the shores of the Argent Lake that is also a municipal beach open to swimmers. A cultural centre and tourist information office of Dudswell is located in this village. The center is home to a delightful little museum which holds a magnificent collection of dozens of miniature scenes of wooden models portraying life during the early twentieth century.

These sculptured were meticulously carved by a local resident and ancient proprietor of the house, Mr. Louis-Emile Beauregard. During the summer days, displays of local art and craft pieces are held here as well as the Sunday morning concerts. The strong architectural heritage of Dudswell can be appreciated through a guided tour Dudswell heritage. Close to the village, guests can take in a round of golf, or trail up through Dudswell Forest to admire the panoramic view of the valley. With a bit of luck, visitors may catch site of a one of the numerous herds of stags from Virginia.

Dudswell is characterized by its beautiful landscape, the abundance of its flora, fauna and natural resources, a very alive artistic and cultural life, the presence and authenticity of its history.

To get to Dudswell, coming from Montreal, take highway 10 to the very end, then highway 112. Turn left towards Marbleton. Coming from Quebec City, take highway 73 to Vallee-Jonction, then highway 112 west until Marbleton. Coming from the United States, take US highway 114 or US highway 91, followed by highway 55 north, then highway 10 east, and finally highway 112 east.

You’ll find nice accommodations in Dudswell, such as Ferme, gîte et érablière du Lac d’Argent (943, chemin du Lac, Marbleton),  Au vieux Chêne (62, rue Principale, Bishopton), Le Dorloton (144, rue Principale, Marbleton), a tourist house Relais des Mésanges (36B, chemin Gosford, Bishopton).

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