In the heart of Old Montréal, off the Place Jacques-Cartier and across the street from the city hall, the Château Ramezay offers a chance to travel through some 500 years of Montréal's history, from even before the arrival of the earliest French explorers. In addition to its collections of works of art, coins and medals and its 2,000 historic photographs, the gardens are a highlight, modeled on those typical of New France in the 18th century. Americans may find one footnote in the house's long history especially interesting: It served as the headquarters of Benedict Arnold for several months in 1776 when forces from what were then the United Colonies occupied the city.
By John Newton, AFAR Ambassador
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280 Rue Notre-Dame Est, Montréal, QC H2Y 1C5, Canada
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