In 1672, Intendant Jean Talon granted the Island of Île-Perrot as a seigneury to the then Governor of Montreal, François-Marie Perrot. Governor Perrot established a fur trading post in front of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue and the domain farm at the Grande Anse, close to the area now called Pointe-du-Domaine. In 1684, the seigneury was sold to Charles LeMoyne, and afterwards, in 1703, to Joseph Trottier also known as Desruisseaux and his wife Françoise Cuillerier who moved the seigneurial domain to the Pointe-du-Domaine. They constructed the manor in 1705 and the windmill in 1707-08.
The highlight of Pointe-du-Moulin Park is its magnificent windmill with its functional vanes or sails. Not far from the windmill, we find the miller’s house which was constructed in 1786 and occupied by Master Millers Jean-Baptiste Relle (Harel) from 1786 to 1791, followed by Charles Cytoleux also known as Langevin.
The Île-Perrot windmill is one of only two functional mills out of the remaining 18 that still exist in Québec. Île-Perrot regional pioneers whether from Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot, L’Île-Perrot, Pincourt or Terrasse-Vaudreuil patronized this windmill which is now and icon to the benefit of the population of the island and the region of Vaudreuil-Soulanges. The town of Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot, where this historic park is located, holds great pride in this heritage.
On June 4, 1973, the Québec Government exchanged properties with the Federal Government: the province received the Pointe-du-Moulin property in exchange for the Forges du Saint-Maurice site, in Trois-Rivières.
From 1977 to the fall of 1978, the restoration of both the windmill and the miller’s house was carried out as well as the Park layout. In the spring of 1979, the Park opened and during that summer 15,000 people discovered the site. Each year since, animators have welcomed many thousands more!
Along with the Vaudreuil-Soulanges region key playors, the town of Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot, the AGAIP (L’Île-Perrot business people association), the Fondation Sainte-Jeanne-de-Chantal N.D.Î.P., the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Regional Museum and the Centre Notre-Dame-de-Fatima created the Société de développement du Parc historique de la Pointe-du-Moulin (SDPHPM) in spring of 2008.
This non-profit organization has given itself a mission. Ensure the continuity of the Pointe-du-Moulin historical park for future generations. The SDPHPM has taken on the responsibility of managing a variety of events and guided tours intended for the citizens of our different municipalities as well as visitors from other regions.