If these roads could speak: Tales of Sutton

Sutton Heritage Circuits

Audio guided circuit 3 - Free

Circuit audioguidé no3

© Personal archives Nigel Goodall / Collection Jean Wilson Logan, personal archives Dominique Parent / Personal archives Gwen Morton Davies

If these roads could speak,” they would tell you all about the colourful lives of those who lived along the border in the early 1900s, when Prohibition reigned in the United States and tourism was a growing industry. Come and enjoy this heritage radio drama, enhanced by music and sound effects.

"Who knows what's waiting for you at the bend in the road, in Glen Sutton, Pearl?" The story begins when an orphaned girl comes to this hamlet in the Eastern Townships. Yes, Pearl Porter (1895 - 1982) is buried in Glen Sutton Cemetery, but her spirit will accompany you on this journey into the past. A journey along roads with scenery of breath-taking beauty, dotted with New England-style architecture, where history and legends come together, to a little hamlet nestled in a valley surrounded by mountains and where the Missisquoi river flows, sometimes calm, sometimes turbulent!

Listen to a short audio extract:

The 20 members of the cast – professional and amateur actors - portray characters who lived in Glen Sutton, one of the nine hamlets of the Township of Sutton. Come and visit the places where these persons come alive again in a time-twisting plot written by Andrée Pelletier, co-writer of the TV series “Blanche,” the sequel to “Les Filles de Caleb.”

The audio-guided heritage tour follows the picturesque route called The Townships Trail (Chemin des Cantons), taking you deep into the Anglo-American heritage of the Townships. A tour on foot awaits you in Glen Sutton.

Note to residents and visitors: This story is largely based on accounts by seniors in the Glen Sutton community, especially Jean Wilson Logan, daughter of Pearl Porter. The script has been written for the purpose of the tour, so it is not a biography. The locations of places and events were researched by Heritage Sutton.

You can try a sample of the circuit on the GuidiGo website.

This circuit has been made possible thanks to the financial contribution of the Town of Sutton and the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec.

To add to your experience and learn more about Sutton history, visit the Museum of Communications and History of Sutton.
The permanent exhibition displays more information about the great fire.

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The Heritage Sutton Historical Society regularly publishes its History sketchbooks sold in several places in the village or via their website.

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Sales points for the History sketchbooks:

  • On va s'aimer encore - thrift store: 29 Principale N.
  • Le Cafetier: 9 Principale N.
  • Tourist Office: 24-A Principale S. (opposite the Town Hall)

Instructions for downloading the audio guide

Circuit 3 - If these roads could speak: Tales of Sutton
Itinerary: 24 stops | Duration: 3h30| Audio: 103 min | Distance: 38 km (43 km from Abercorn)

Step 1

Download the free GuidiGO application.
Use the App Store (for Apple devices) or Google Play (for Android devices).

Step 2

Download the circuit:

  • Once the app is downloaded tap GO Store (Apple) or Discover (Android)
  • Choose Pick a place (Apple) or Places (Android).
  • Scroll down to Canada and choose Sutton. Pick which of the free Sutton historical circuits you want to download

* If this is your first time using GuidiGO you will need to create an account via e- mail, Facebook or Google.

* We recommend downloading the app and the circuit before coming to Sutton. The download usually takes 10 to 15 minutes but can take up to 40 minutes dependent on the speed of your internet connection. If you are already in Sutton when you decide to follow the circuit the Tourist Office at 24 rue Principle Sud opposite the Town Hall has free Wi-Fi access and can help you out.

Step 3

You will find your downloaded circuit in the Library (Apple) or My Tours (Android).

Step 4

To make your visit as easy and pleasant as possible we highly recommend printing the Users Guide and the Circuit Directions below.

These documents are also available at the Tourist Office in Sutton.