Stoke was first known in 1792 as Cowan’s Clearance in memory of Moses Cowan, who surveyed the land for the British Crown. The Township was abandoned until 1837 due to a lack of interest, and passed into the hands of the British American Land Company. In 1856, thanks to the Stoke Road and the road that would soon lead to Sherbrooke, the territory was opened to settlement. A testimony to the repeated efforts of its citizens, Stoke boasts the neo-Gothic Saint-Philémon Church (1892). The Sentiers de l'Estrie hiking trails provide access to Mount Chapman, the highest peak of the Stoke Mountains, and Bald Peak, at an altitude of 650 metres.