Société historique de Saint-Hilaire

Maxime Albert House, a white vernacular residence

Museum in the time of Prohibition…

House of Maxime Albert

Built in 1895, the family residence of Maxime Albert is notable not only for its exemplary Maritime-style vernacular architecture but also for the historical influence of its eponymous occupant.

A wealthy and influential businessman, Maxime Albert played an important role in shaping Saint-Hilaire’s golden age. He was well-known for his generosity, having donated land for the construction of a local presbytery as well as helping fund the construction of the village church. However, he is said to have lived a double life as the head of a major alcohol smuggling network during the Prohibition era, dealing and trading with infamous figures such as Al Capone and Sam Bronfman.

In the present, this house is recognized as symbolic of Saint-Hilaire’s past. In 1979, the municipality of Saint-Hilaire acquired the site, seeking to ensure that it remained preserved. Between 1980 and 1985, the house was renovated, with care being taken to ensure the building followed vintage building practices.

A black and white photo of the Maxime Albert Complex with a sign in the foreground

Visiting time June 17 to August 31, 2024
Monday to Friday
9am to 5pm

Out of season :
Group reservation: 506-736-8578 (Reginald Nadeau)

Festival de la Bagosse | Saint-Hilaire | Au temps de la prohibition (August 22 to 25)


1705 Route 120, Saint-Hilaire, NB E3V 4T4


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