Chateauguay Valley

Chateauguay Valley

| March/April 1989


2890 Tullochgorum Road, Ormstown, Quebec, Canada J0S 1G0

About 40 miles to the southwest of the city of Montreal, Quebec, nestled between the St. Lawrence River and the upper New York state border, lies the Chateauguay Valley, a rural area with agricultural roots, and a healthy population of antique enthusiasts.

It's not at all surprising, given the above mentioned ingredients (farmers, farmland and antique buffs), that the Chateauguay Valley Antique Association was formed in May of 1986, with its membership growing quickly to include over 80 members. On the 27th and 28th of August 1988, the club held its Third Annual Exhibition.

The show is held at the farm of the late Leslie Rennie, located barely ? mile from the U.S. border at Rock-burn, Quebec. The first-time visitor will quickly recognize that the setting is something special. Over the course of his lifetime, Leslie Rennie amassed a most extraordinary private collection of antiques, memorabilia and historic buildings. While his collection was sold at auction in 1986, the historic buildings, including a turn of the century general store, Rockburn's first church and log homestead, and the century old farmhouse still remain on site beneath the shade of towering sugar maples.

Although small by some show standards, the C.V.A.A.'s show offered something for everyone. The old general store housed a variety of exhibits, from toy tractor collections and antique household items, to a vintage firearms display. Black's Church rang with the sounds of 30 antique music machines, all impeccably presented.

Outdoor exhibits included a wide variety of working gas engines nicely restored and original tractors, antique fire fighting apparatus and classic cars. Some of the favorites over the weekend included a ? scale working model Case steam engine, a Rider-Ericsson hot air engine, and a very special working scale model of a 1939 John Deere AR. Live demonstrations throughout the weekend gave visitors a chance to see threshing mills in action, a working shingle mill, hay press, forge, stone crusher, and an antique printing press to mention a few. Over the weekend, butter was churned, competitors tried their luck on the tractor tilt, and the beginning of a log cabin took shape on the grounds.