Dr. Ferguson House and Office

2098 Laurier Street

Some members of the Ferguson family in front of the house in Rockland.

2098 Laurier Street

Entrance to Dr. Ferguson's home.

2098 Laurier Street

Dr. Ferguson's home, seen on the side of the house toward Laurier Street. This residence was originally named "INGLEHYRST". The balcony, the beautiful wooden staircase and the beautiful concrete balustrade have unfortunately been demolished.   

2098 Laurier Street

A very nice old presentation in front of the office...    

2098 Laurier Street

The former office of Dr. Ferguson, now private homes.

Dr. Ferguson House & Office

This house is considered a local historic site given its architecture and its former owner, the first doctor of Rockland.

In the 19th century, Dr. James Ferguson and his family arrived in Cumberland, and he became the village’s first doctor. At the time, Dr. Ferguson, who was also coroner for the counties of Prescott and Russell, operated a family clinic and pharmacy from his home in Cumberland. William, one of his sons, also became a doctor while his other son, Cecil, became a pharmacist.

At the end of the 19th century, medical treatments were provided by Dr. William Ferguson who lived in Cumberland. One can imagine the time required to see the doctor given the distance and the type of transportation available at the time.
In 1880 Dr. William Ferguson moved to Rockland and built this beautiful red brick home in 1885, located next door to the presbytery. He was the only one to offer medical treatments for the entire village, since both hospitals in the region (Civic Hospital and General Hospital) only handled acute cases. In 1890, Cecil Ferguson opened the first pharmacy in his brother’s office.

In 1912, Dr. Ferguson died suddenly. He left his home to his parents, Dr. James and Susanna Ferguson. James took over his son’s clinic until his retirement. As for Cecil, he continued operating the pharmacy until his retirement around 1934. Dr. Desrosiers took over for the next fifteen years.

Originally, this building was called INGLEHYRST. The balcony, the beautiful wood staircase and the magnificent cement railing were demolished.



Excerpt of
Rockland's History

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