Forges du Saint-Maurice, Trois-Rivieres

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Forges du Saint-Maurice , just outside Trois-Rivières, Quebec, is a National Historic Site of Canada, and birthplace of the country's iron industry.Forges du Saint-Maurice was created on 25 March 1730, the second company granted a monopoly to employ the iron ore deposits at Trois-Rivières.The forge started working in 1738 and remained in virtually continuous operation until closing. It employed about 100 craftsmen and 300-400 labourers in production of forged and molded iron products, including pots, pans, and stoves. Director François-Étienne Cugnet went bankrupt in 1742, leading to a state takeover and handover to Britain after the Treaty of Paris.In 1747, the company experimented unsuccessfully with cannon making and steel production.From 1738 into the mid-1830s, the Forges were "the most technologically advanced ironworks in America", but had become the oldest operating blast furnace in North America, and far out of date, by the time it shut down for good in March 1883.In 1973, Forges du Saint-Maurice became a national historic park. Archaeological research there continues.
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  • A lot of history to be discovered. There is a very well done video presentation that tells the story of the forges. There are also several things to discover outside.
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  • Newly retired we planned to visit this place in the fall to take advantage of the decline in tourists at the tourist information office we were even provides the route to get there. But now, life stops at the labor day. We have killed the road for us in front of closed doors...
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  • Learned a lot about the making of iron and steel in the 1800's as well as how people lived in the surrounding village. Beautiful setting with walking trails along river.  more »
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  • U can have a little bit fun in the basement part. River side is nice. The Picnic site is far away from the museum.
  • Really interesting to visit and beautiful site for a walk
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  • Very nice visit! The children really enjoyed the participatory specifications. These visits are sometimes long for them, but here, this book changed everything! Several things to do, explanatory panels, listening stations, walks outside. Free this year, but even paying, worth a visit!
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  • Nice place
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