The founders' place is designated as a local heritage site for its value with regards to the founding of the Higho of Cocagne by the three Desroches sisters in the spring of 1832. Before the parish of Saint-Antoine was given its name, in 1873, the new colony was called the Higho of Cocagne. In 1832, the three sisters, Marguerite, Genevi've and Barbe Desroches accompanied their husbands to a sugar cabin on what is today called Grub Road. After the three women had ventured in the forest, where they found the elevated land and fertile ground, Marguerite Desroches planted a stick in the ground and said: "This is my land, you my sisters, can claim your land after, which Geneviève and Barbe, in fact did... on the site of what is today the old cemetery and stone church. The area was the site of the first three properties in the village. The following year, in 1833, the sisters and their husbands settled on the land and became the first inhabitants of Saint-Antoine. Other families followed them and established themselves permanently.

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The next municipal council public meeting will be this Tuesday January 30 at 7:30 pm in the council’s chamber. All are welcome!