Looking for Coaticook’s buried hotel
19th and the 23rd, unearthed a stone structure thought to be a wall of the hotel’s foundation. Observations done at the site indicate that a large part of the foundation is still present under the surface, as well as debris from the demolition. Layers of slag, which appear when iron and carbon mix under intense heat, were also found, confirming the hypothesis that the hotel was ravaged by a fire.
The ultimate goal of this project is to allow the Beaulne Museum to improve its cultural and tourist attractions by taking steps to valorize the discoveries made, leading to a systematic archeological dig to unearth the foundations and look for artefacts.
The good state of conservation of the site also offers favourable conditions for public interest digs. The Beaulne Museum therefore hopes that, after the systematic dig, it will be able to offer to the public the possibility of taking part in public digs in the company of a professional archeologist. That activity will take place during the town’s 150th anniversary celebration, in 2014.