Services & Events

We offer many cultural services & events at the Colby-Curtis Museum. Sign-up for our Newsletter to stay informed of our latest events!

Lecture Luncheons

Alexander Reford: Elsie’s Edwardian Garden: Putting Trial and Error to Work in Grand-Métis
Sponsored by: QAHN (Québec Anglophone Heritage Network)

Sunday, June 3rd,  at 10:30 a.m.
Cost $20.00 / $15 (members)
Reserve your seat before May 30th: or 819-876-7322.

The Edwardian Garden signifies a movement in garden design that celebrates both architecture and perennial plantings and is a happy medium between the floral bombast of the Victorian era and the modernist gardens of the 1930s. Elsie Reford was a garden pioneer who adapted the vocabulary of the Edwardian period to the unique growing conditions of the Lower St. Lawrence, transforming her fishing camp on the Metis River into one of the largest and most ambitious private gardens of her time. Open today as Les Jardins de Métis, they are one of Canada’s premier garden destinations.

Blessed with immaculate timing and a long life, Elsie Reford began gardening in the 1920s, at precisely the moment when many of the most interesting perennials were being introduced to horticulture by plant explorers in Tibet and the Himalayas. Through decades of trial and error, over time she was successful in incorporating many of these new introductions to her gardens. Weaving the story of Elsie Reford’s gardens through a unique archive of historic photographs and recently uncovered documents, her great-grandson Alexander Reford, director of Les Jardins de Métis (Reford Gardens), will present the unique story of this horticultural innovator.



Patterson Webster : Creating a Personal Paradise

Saturday, June 16th,  at 11:00 a.m. (following the AGM)
Cost $20.00 / $15 (members)
Reserve your seat before June 14th: or 819-876-7322.

Pat Webster shares the story of how she transformed an attractive garden into one that tells a personal story.  She takes you on a tour of this 750-acre property, showing some of the ideas that make the landscape garden unique.  Via photographs taken over the last twenty years, you visit the China Terrace where Pat combined romantic plantings with remnants of a 19th Century resort hotel that stood on the site.  You see how a neglected stream became the Aqueduct, a water feature that frames a lawn in the process of morphing into a natural meadow. You see how a section of woods became a celebration of the past, how a mistake became a favourite destination, and how touches of humour enliven the view.


Tea Room

Tea is served from June to August
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Tea Room Menu includes Tea, Scones, Devonshire cream, a cookie selection, cakes, and jam.
Per person: $10

Victorian Garden

The Stanstead Historical Society has developed a garden inspired by Carrollcroft’s nineteenth-century gardens and opened it to the public. Visitors can stroll the walkways or relax on one of the garden benches. There are beautiful peonies, irises, roses and other old-fashioned flowers to admire.

Carriage House & Mansur School

In the carriage house next to Carrollcroft house, visitors can explore many of the Society’s larger, more rustic artifacts, including agricultural implements and tools from various trades, sleighs and a rare and admired Concord stagecoach, built about 1870 and fully restored.

The Stanstead Historical Society was founded in 1929 in the century old school house –the Mansur School House– a historic landmark that remains under the Society’s care. The Mansur school was built in 1819 as a wooden structure, by 1844 it had become a brick building. The school was built on land donated by Daniel Mansur. The area where the school was located was referred to as “The Center” and was thickly populated during the 19th century. The Mansur School is located on route 143 in Stanstead East.

Museum Boutique

The museum boutique sales a variety of beautiful objects and produce made by local artisans.

Sandra Veillette: Magnets with feathers, wood, small stones.
Darlene Lussier: Stained glass window hangings, jewellery.
Suzanne Lachapelle: alpaca socks, bird feeders, and house candles & soap.
Suzanne Ménard, Murielle Galvin, Susanne Bouchard: create beautiful hand woven placemats.
Sarah Jacques cloth bags hand painted mugs.



Saturday, June 16th,  at 10:00 a.m.
Reserve your seat before June 14th: or 819-876-7322.



Become a Volunteer

Be a volunteer and support the Colby-Curtis Museum/Stanstead Historical Society! One of the better-known benefits of volunteering is the impact on the community. Unpaid volunteers are often the glue that holds a community together. Volunteering allows you to connect to your community and make it a better place.

Employment Opportunity & Internships

Job Offer for students only.

Colby-Curtis Museum: Guide-interpreter

30 hours x 12 weeks beginning June 6.


before 4:00 p.m. on May 17.