Thursday, October 16, 2014

Day Trip to Eastern Prince Edward Island

     I went to Souris yesterday to see a client - the weather was so great I left early and took the long way there through St. Andrews, Green Meadows, Bridgetown, Bay Fortune, etc.  Below are photos I took along the way.
     My first stop was at St. Andrew's Chapel on Rte. 2 just past Mount Stewart.
     "In 1806 the parishioners built their first church and in 1823 a new parish house followed.  This house eventually became St. Andrew's College which operated on that site from 1831 to 1844.  It then became a parochial house again until replaced around 1885...
     The parishioners built a larger and more beautiful church in 1862 which served until it fell victim to fire in 1946.  The parish hall then became a temporary church.
     In 1864 the first church, then vacant, was moved down the ice to Pownal Street, Charlottetown to become the main part of St. Joseph's Convent-School.  In the late 1980's, after that school (partially burned) closed, it was moved back to its original site and reconstructed to become today's "St. Andrew's Chapel".
     In 1960 the new parish church was erected in Mount Stewart."   cf. A Faith Walk: Diocese of Charlottetown, by The Revd Art O'Shea. Pg. 76.
     Today St. Andrew's Chapel is open during to the public in July and August - often during these months miscellaneous function occur, including lectures.   
     For more information see website:

     Below is the Crypt where Bishop MacEachern is buried along with Bishops Charles MacDonald and Bishop Bernard MacDonald buried on either side.  The crypt is situated between the chapel and the cemetery.  
    "Outstanding missionary priest, later Bishop Angus MacEachern, came from Scotland in 1790 and made St. Andrew's his home base during his 45 years here as he travelled the Island and the mainland.  Auxiliary Bishop of Quebec from 1821 and first Bishop of Charlottetown from 1829 until 1835, his remains rest within a tiny chapel, erected in the 1970s, at St. Andrews.  On either side lie the remains of two parish natives, Bishop Bernard MacDonald and Bishop Charles MacDonald, both bishops of Charlottetown.  A third native son, James Morrison, was a long-time Bishop of Antigonish (Nova Scotia)."  cf.  A Faith Work: Diocese of Charlottetown by The Revd Art O'Shea. Page 76.
     The former Parochial house is adjacent to the chapel and today run as a Bed and Breakfast called, "Bishops Rest",
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     After leaving St. Andrews, I continued on Route 2 to Morell where I turned southward onto Rte 322 the small rural community of Green Meadows where I stopped at St. Lawrence O'Toole Parish Church.
     "In the 1830s and 1840s Irish and Scottish immigrants settled the region which then formed part of St. Andrew's Parish.  In 1866 the people erected their first and only church, the present one, dedicating it to St. Lawrence O'Toole who was the first archbishop of Dublin in the 12th-century...In 1894 the parishioners built a rectory and the same year welcomes their first resident pastor.  The house burned in 1913 and a new one replace it the same year."  cf. A Faith Walk: Diocese of Charlottetown, by The Revd Art O'Shea. Pg. 64. 
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 Below: The former Rectory of St. Lawrence O'Toole Parish - Currently for sale.
      "In 1960 the Sisters of St. Martha came to the parish to teach in nearby schools and took up residence in the unoccupied St. Lawrence rectory.  They brought new life to the parish during their eight years and shortly after their departure the rectory was sold." cf. A Faith Walk: Diocese of Charlottetown, by The Revd Art O'Shea. Pg. 64.
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 "Near the church stands the former "horse bush, now renamed "the prayer garden", a splendid growth of old hardwood trees, now neatly groomed and containing within it a grotto of the Blessed Virgin Mary." cf. A Faith Walk: Diocese of Charlottetown, by The Revd Art O'Shea. Pg. 64.
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     From Green Meadows I carried on into very rural Prince Edward Island, traveling through some quiet back road and clay roads through communities such as, Windon, Byrnes Road, Riverton, Martinvale, Corraville, Upton, etc. ending up on Route 4 in Bridgetown.  The two houses below are on the main road in Bridgetown.
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     It was an amazing fall day with temperatures reaching into the twenties - I had to take the photo before!
     At the corner of Route 2 and 4 in Dingwells Mills I took Rte. 332 to Howe Point and Fortune Beach.
Below is Abel's Cape at Fortune Beach situated on Rollo Bay.
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     Below are nicely kept wharf buildings at Fortune Harbour just off Rte. 310.
     On the same short road to Fortune Harbour is this little cottage, built in 1936 by the Jenkins family of Charlottetown - it's available as a summer rental.
     Continuing on Route 310 in Bay Fortune, just past the Inn at Bay Fortune, is this gem - likely build in the mid-nineteenth century, a center gabled house with clapboard siding and cedar shingle roof.
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     From Bay Fortune I carried on Rte. 2 into Souris.  Below is an old building on the corner of Main Street and Belle Avenue - its a great Main Street project!  The building has new windows and door along with new board 'n batten siding.
     The date at the top of the building is "1931" - dates also appear on other buildings on this block.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Heritage Canada National Trust Conference in Charlottetown

     The annual national conference for Heritage Canada National Trust is being held at the Confederation Center of the Arts in Charlottetown this week.  
Check-out their website for more information...
     I've been attending some of the information sessions, workshops and tours available to registrants during the three day conference - it's a great opportunity to hear and learn about the issues and successes of heritage programs, groups, municipalities, consultants and restorers from all over Canada!
     Check out information about some of the presenters...
* Bill Bishop -

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Rolling Bank Cottage, Wilmot Valley - Demolished

     I nearly drove off the Blue Shank Road earlier this week when I looked towards the Taylor Road and saw this mid-1800's cross-gabled house reduced to a huge pile of debris!!!  
     I took these photos from roadside using my zoom lens - there were "No Trespassing" signs are posted.
Below are before photos I took on June 19, 2005.
See January 14, 2014 post on this blog...

Friday, September 26, 2014

Matthews-Redmond House, Alberton

     Below is the former Gerald Redmond House on Main Street, Alberton - the house has been long abandoned, owned by relatives away.  
     Some older Alberton residents recall this being a Matthews Home before Mr. Redmond.
Photos cf. Abandoned Properties of PEI Facebook posts.

Belcourt Centre, Rustico - slated for demolition by the Diocese

     It has come to my attention this morning that Belcourt Centre on Church Road in Rustico will be demolished and replaced by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlottetown.
     Belcourt Centre, originally built as St. Augustuine's Convent, was built in 1932 following the fire of the original 1888 convent.
     It's urgent that as many people as possible express their shock and dismay to Bishop Grecco, The Diocese of Charlottetown, PO Box 907, Charlottetown, PEI  C1A 7L9.
For more information about Belcourt Centre see their website...

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Cairn House, Blue Shank Road - destroyed

     There's been too many old buildings disappear on the Island this summer, including this old farmhouse on the Blue Shank Road in Kelvin Grove.  It was destroyed recently - probably by a "control burn" by the local fire department.
      The old Cairn's house appeared on the covered of Saltscapes Magazine five years ago this month.
     Below are photos I took yesterday, Sept. 22, 2014 of what's left of the house - the foundation with charred remains.   A few weeks earlier I noticed piles of clay behind the house - I suspected something was going to happen here as the house has been vacant for more than ten years.
Below: all that remains is a small barn.
     I took the following photos of the house on October 26, 2012 just after the large barn on the property was demolished - it had earlier been damage from high winds.