A centenary of change at Quebec House
Join us at Quebec House in 2018 as we celebrate 100 years of looking after this special place. To mark the century since the house was bequeathed to the National Trust we will have a number of exciting events as well as new interpretation to bring General James Wolfe’s story to life.
The fall of a hero
Quebec House was the childhood home of a small town boy who would grow up to lead the British forces to victory.
General James Wolfe is most famous for his win over the French at the Battle of Quebec on 13 September 1759. The move secured British supremacy in Canada.
Wolfe was fatally wounded in the battle and died the following day, securing his status as a ‘hero of the Empire’ as well as a place in the history books.
" Quebec House is such a unique place with so many stories to tell. This centenary year is the perfect opportunity to discover more, whether it’s about General Wolfe and the Battle of Quebec or what life was really like in the early 1700s."
A gift from the Learmonts
In 1918 a Canadian philanthropist, Joseph Learmont, left Quebec House to the National in his will. He stipulated that the property was to be ‘utilised and maintained in perpetuity in memory of the late Major General James Wolfe’. His widow, Charlotte, was determined to see his wishes fulfilled.
The couple’s desire was that the house be furnished as it might have been when Wolfe lived here. It should tell the story of Wolfe’s life and death as well as be a place that celebrates early Canadian history.
Whilst Joseph bequeathed the house, it was Charlotte who ensured we had the funds to build the collection visitors see today. With the support of our visitors we’re able to keep the Learmont’s wishes alive to this day, 100 years on.
Exciting events and new objects on display
From this spring we’ll be exploring new stories about Wolfe and the past 100 years. We’ll be hosting a range of events and activities for people of all ages to have some Georgian fun.
New artefacts will be put on show, including many which have never before been on public display. Some of these are scrapbooks made by Charlotte Learmont containing newspaper clippings and letters written about Quebec House in the 1910s which give us a unique glimpse into the property’s past.
Outside the house you’ll discover the history of this quaint garden, and how it supported a Georgian household. Most of the 2 acre garden was sold in the early 1800s but important documentary evidence of the original plot survives in the form of Mrs Wolfe’s recipe book.
More event details to come
We’re still planning the last few details on our events and activities for 2018, but we’ll bring you more information soon.
Keep checking back to our website to discover the latest events for our centenary year.