Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Glenwood Farmstead for Sale, 1896

    Perry Batten of Royal LePage has this old Glenwood property listed for sale - check out his website.  Located at 2690 Glenwood Rd (Rte. 14).  The listing notes the house was built in 1896.
Below are photos from his listing. 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Egmont Bay Rectory

     Below is the c.1886 Rectory of Eglise de Saint-Philippe et Saint-Jacque Parish, Egmont Bay.   I took these photos on March 25, 2010 just before they tour down the grand old church.  To get the rear views of the rectory and church I took the little short road behind the church called, Rennes Road.
View of the church and rectory from Rennes Road

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Christ Church Cherry Valley, Anglican - 175th Anniversary

     On April 23rd, 2017 at 10am Christ Church will celebrate their 175th anniversary with a celebration service.  The church, situated on Pownal Bay, was built in a grove of pine trees and today sits in a picturesque rural farming community.  The service will be officiated by the current Priest-in-Charge Rev. Dr. G. Wayne Short along with the Diocesan Bishop Ron Cutler.
     The church is located at 100 Cherry Valley Cove Rd.
Below are a few photos from the Church's website.
The following information comes from the Historic Places website...
     Christ Church Anglican is valued for its Georgian-style architecture, for its associations with United Empire Loyalist settlement in PEI, the history of the Anglican church on PEI, and for its contribution to the community of Cherry Valley.  The community of Cherry Valley was established in the 1780’s by United Empire Loyalists fleeing the American Revolution.  Cherry Valley may have received its name from James Lewis Hayden (1749-1832) who named it for the town in Ulster County, New York where he was born.  Cherry Valley, New York is notable in American history for being the site of the Cherry Valley Massacre, which took place in 1778 during the American Revolution.  The eldest daughter of James Lewis Hayden, Margaret, was married to Major Joseph Beer (1754-1810), an ensign of the 5th Battalion of the King’s Rangers.   The Beers and Hayden families played a central role in the establishment of Christ Church Anglican.  The church land was donated by the Beers family and the contractor who built the church in 1842 was Thomas Beers, grandson of Joseph Beers.  The known carpenters were Thomas Tweedy and a Mr. Storey.  The church was built under the direction of Frederick Downe Panter who was the first rector.  Christ Church Anglican, Cherry Valley combines many original Georgian-style elements such as the simple gabled roof, the large eave returns and wide corner boards on the body and the sacristy with Gothic-inspired elements such as the arched windows are found on the south elevation.  Gingerbread trim on the south and east eaves and the tower and Gothic steeple which was added around 1900.  The north elevation was extended by a small addition in the 1970s.  Christ Church Anglican in Cherry Valley continues to be an important part of the landscape of its community.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Crapaud Mills

     I was going through Island community histories online on Island Lives website ( http://137.149.200.109:8080/fedora/get/ilives:195234v3/PDF ) and came across this information on Crapaud mills from the book
The History of Crapaud
Vol. 3
1957-1991
by The Crapaud Women's Institute
Crapaud Millstream Seniors
     Here's a photo I took of Howatt's Mill not long before it was burned on Halloween night 1990.

Rennie-Cotton Barn

     This old barn is located on the Cheese Factory Road in Alma - it was built by Ralph Rennie back in the early 1950's when he and Blanche were first married.  Roy and Carol (Williams) Cotton bought the farm in the 1960's and lived her until a few years ago.  Today the farm is owned by Ralph's son and grandsons.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Lorne Valley Church and Hall

     On a trip East last week I took the 48 Road to Cardigan - when I passed the sign pointing to Lorne Valley I thought I'd drive in to see the church and the school. My first time in this small rural community.  From the 48 Road I took the Nicholson Road (Rte. 356) to the T-intersection with the Lorne Valley Road (Rte. 355) - here on the corner is St. Andrews Presbyterian Church and cemetery.
     To the south of the church, on the Lorne Valley Road, is The Olde Lorne Valley School.  This school is on the list of the Festival of Small Halls ( www.smallhalls.com ) to be visited during the annual festival held in June. 
     A little further north on the Lorne Valley Road is a little road called Valleyview Road with a great view of two farms.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

RW Woodworking, Hunter River

     Raeford Waite of R.W. Woodworking operates a top of the line woodworking operation!  Yesterday he posted these photos on his Facebook page of traditional styled windows he's made for a historic property that I prepared the drawings working with a local Architect.
    Raeford posted the following comments with these photos: "All ready for final coat had to use 221 pieces of cardboard because outside is rust red and inside is white, special thanks to my right hand man Kenny Stewart many long hours standing in one spot all day thanks to him..."

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Kelvin Grove Farmhouse demolished

     Today I was surprised to see this old farmhouse gone - demolished and the hole filled in with fresh soil.  The house was located at 1778 Blue Shank Road on the corner with the Kelvin Rd. (Rte. 109) which leads over towards Scale's Pond.  This is Lot-25.  I don't know who the owners were.  I travel the Blue Shank Road weekly and have taken notice of this nicely kept treed homestead.  About two years ago I noticed the lawns weren't being cut - I wondered if the owner had passed away or moved.
     I often intended to take a photo of the late 19th-century Island-ell style farmhouse but never took the time to stop.  Thanks to Google Streetview I'm able to capture an image of what it looked like.
     Meacham's 11880 Atlas of P.E.I. shows this farm belonging to Mrs. James Johnson with 275 acres.
     Cumin's 1928 Atlas of P.E.I. shows this farm belonging to Wm. Caseley with the front portion of this lot comprising of 100 acres.  

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Elliott's Train Station restorer receives Heritage Award

     This article appeared on the PEI Government's website in an article they call, "Bringing History Home".  Stacy MacInnis moved the old Elliotts Train Station to his home in Burlington a couple of years ago.  I took these photos of the restored station in November 2016.
Here's the article:
https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/news/bringing-history-home
Stacy MacInnis remembers bundling up on cold winter mornings when he was five years old and going next door with his mother to stoke the coal stove for waiting passengers at the Elliott family’s train station in Pleasant Valley.
Fast forward more than 50 years – it’s a summer day and MacInnis, now 59 and his mother gone, has moved the station to his own homestead in Burlington where the Woodleigh Replicas once stood.
While repairing a part of the coal room wall, he spots his grandmother’s name among the many names carved into the tinder-dry wooden board.
“It hit me, I felt like I was saving a piece of heritage and creating a stronger connection with my ancestors,” MacInnis said.

MacInnis was one of several Islanders and groups awarded with a 2016 Heritage Award for his restoration of the 1888 station.
“I did it as a labour of love, I didn’t expect any reward for it,” he said.
Not every train station was a grand piece of architecture. The so-called flag stops, like the one at Elliotts Station, were very simple structures. Like many of its kind, when the Elliotts station was decommissioned in the 1960s, it was moved to a local farm to take up a new life as an outbuilding. That’s the end of the road for most buildings like this, and after fifty years as a storage shed, the old flag stop had deteriorated to where it was barely recognizable -- ready for demolition.
But the old Elliotts station always held a fascination for MacInnis. In 2014, he bought it and arranged to have it moved to his property in Burlington. There he brought it back to life, with new roof and shingles, but its original door and windows. The Heritage Award was recognition of his efforts to restore this small, but important example of both our railroad and architectural heritage.
The Elliott family was a staple of Pleasant Valley in days gone by. They had a wood mill, a grist mill, and a pond at the flag stop where the station stood. In winter they cut large chunks of ice from their pond to package in sawdust and ship by train to Charlottetown ice boxes in the days before electrical refrigeration.
The train station has two rooms, one waiting room where benches line the walls and sliding doors into a coal storage room.
MacInnis plans to showcase his photography and display train artifacts to make it feel like a little museum. He has painted the rusty red shingles to their original color.
His mother, Cecilia MacDowell, who tended its fires all those years ago, died six years ago at the age of 90, before MacInnis even got the idea to restore the station.
“She thought it was such a shame it was falling down,” he said. “She would have laughed to see it now.”
For a full list of 2016 Heritage Awards Winners visit the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation(link is external)
2016 PEI Heritage Award recipient Stacy MacInnis is pictured with His Honour, the Honourable H. Frank Lewis, Lieutenant Governor of PEI at the recent Heritage Awards ceremony

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Creswell House, St. Eleanors

    Often in telling a story architecture is shown - an example of that is in today's Guardian newspaper in an article by Katherine Dewar and the story of Nursing Sister Catherine Creswell.  Here is a great example of a mid-1800's Centre Dormer style house.
     Katherine Dewar is the author of the book "Those Splendid Girls: The Heroic Service of Prince Edward Island Nurses in the Great War 1914-1918"


Friday, March 17, 2017

MacPherson Sawmill, Eldon /Belfast

     I was up east this afternoon and thought I'd run down to see if the MacPherson's old sawmill was still there.  Here it is on the right - it's hanging on in it's neglected state.  This is the last water-powered mill on Prince Edward Island - the last one of near 400 water-powered mills built on Prince Edward Island between the mid 1700's and 1990.
     I documented this building back in the fall & winter of 2010.  Here's a few photos taken at the time.  
     It makes me sad to think such a structure and the history here is not known to more Islanders - there's been a mill on this site since before the building of the St John's Baptist Presbyterian Church, the oldest church on the Island, built in 1824.