Jean-Baptiste-Moïse St. Laurent married Mary Ann Broderick in 1881. He brought furniture and a horse to the marriage, while she purchased a house and general store in Compton for $900. Four years later, Louis S. St. Laurent was born in this 1 1/2 storey wooden house built between 1839 and 1843. The general store stands in front of the house, facing the street.

The backyard has an intriguing little structure: a framework of poles supporting a roof and covered with trellises on three sides. It’s the stand for a swing!

Architecture lovers will recognize certain neo-classical features of the building that reflect how the Eastern Townships absorbed stylistic influences from the United States.

The cosmopolitan world in which Louis S. St. Laurent grew up likely sensitized the former Prime Minister of Canada to the importance of reconciliation between different linguistic and cultural groups.