Saturday, July 26, 2014

Old Barn, Hope River - demolished

     On July 3rd I noticed the windows had been taken out of this old barn and thought it must be in advance of demolition - so I took these photos.  It's located on the St. Mary's Road (Rte 224) near the intersection with Simpson Mill Road.
     Meacham's 1880 Atlas of Prince Edward Island shows this farmstead was 2 farms, to the right/west was Felix Murphy with 55-acres and the Hope River Post Office.  The farm to the left/east belonged to Jno Hogan with 60-acres. 
     Cumin's 1928 Atlas of Prince Edward Island shows the two farms above now one farm owned by Leo Reid with 114-acres.  
     Above is the new house that belongs to this farmstead - the old barn is to the left.  This house was built in 2003-2004 - it replaced the house below which was moved over to the east corner lot (at St. Mary's Rd and Broadway Rd.) of the farmstead, restored and sold.
     The photo below was taken on Feb. 14, 2004 - it shows the original house (now the yellow house above) with the new house behind (beige house /w red roof above) and the demolished barn above, in the far left.
On July 14th I took the photos below of the barn demolished.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Lower Freetown Presbyterian Church

     I've been traveling through-out the Island alot these days.  Here's a few recent photos of the old Lower Freetown Presbyterian Church located on the Freetown Road (Rte.8) near the intersection with Rte. 109.  It appears abandoned.
The following information cf. History of Lower Freetown: A Centenial Project of Lower Freetown Women's Institute. 1971. Pages 23-24.
"...Rev. Wm. Tufts succeeded Rev. W.M. Scott in 1888. It was during Mr. Tufts three year ministry that the present church was built and on November 2, 1890 the church was opened and dedicated to the Glory of God and for His service.  Mr. Robert B. Auld gave the site of the church.  Mr. Jesse Burns supplied the material for the frame.  Two members gave $100.00 each.  The church cost about $950.00 and would have cost more had it not been for the free labour generously expended...In 1950 the diamond anniversary of the church was celebrated...During the summer of 1955 the church was moved back 10 feet and a full basement excavated.  The front entry was remodeled taking away both side doors to the front." ...and front gable round window.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

St. Simon and St. Jude Parish Church - Interior photos

     The interior of St. Simon and St. Jude Church is awe inspiring.  The blue ceiling is brilliant with gold stars - you can't stop looking up.  The interior was painted by Cathedral Painters of Nova Scotia in the 1990's.
     Also during the restorations in the 1990's a replica of the original altar was built.
     There's also an 1882 Louis Mitchell (Montreal) Organ in the church - during summer months recitals are held regularly. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/1880s-pipe-organ-being-restored-1.1055305
       St. Simon and St. Jude church is a must visit - well worth the drive from anywhere on Prince Edward Island!
Below are photos from the Side Chapel.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

St. Simon and St. Jude Parish Church, Tignish

     Recently I took Rev. Sylvia Dyer (a family friend visiting the Island from Scotland) to see this magnificent church in Tignish!!  She's has been to the Island many times but never had the opportunity to see the church.  Her great-grandfather Rev. R.W. Dyer wrote in his journals 154 years ago telling of his visit to the new church with the Anglican Bishop - see excerpt below. 
     During the 1990's the parishioners of this parish, under the direction of Father Albin Arsenault, carried out an extensive restoration of the exterior and interior of the church.
Below are excerpts from Anglican Missionary Rev. R. W. Dyer's 1859-1884 Journals.
July 4, 1860
            Went in company with Mrs. Fife Brickerfield, Sr., E. Brickerfield and Mr. H. Cundall to meet the Bishop (Anglican) at Louis Ferry.  Arrived just in time to meet him and to return.  We all passed on down to Mrs. Woodman's.  Resting a few minutes, went to see the parsonage and the glebe (Anglican).  The Bishop likes both the glebe and the house and site.  We then were driven home by a bad storm.  Stopped in upon Mrs. Dyer and her little family just as she was taking her dinner.,  Left for the point.  Took dinner there with the Bishop and the Venerable Archdeacon Read Fife and the Woodman family.  Dinner over, we all hastened to the Temperance Hall, which was crowded.  Mr. Read prayers, I read the Lessons and the Bishop preached an excellent sermon from the 'Syrophenician Woman', which gave great satisfaction.  After the sermon and address was presented to his Lordship, read by Mrs. Buckerfield, to which the Bishop replied immediately.  Thank God all seemed to have gone off well.  The Lord bless us and keep us, for Christ's sake.
July 5, 1860
            All started this morning for Tignish Church to hold the Confirmation there.  It being a very fine day, the assembly was large, to see the ceremony.  Many, very many Presbyterian were present.  I am thankful to say that all the candidates came with the exception of one (Simmonds, Mary) who did not come, I believe, for want of clothes.  There were 44 confirmed, 28 females and 16 males.  They were, I believe, deeply affected.  Many of them shed tears.  O: may the Holy Spirit sanctify them all and ever be with them to support them in all dangers until their lives' end.  The Bishop gave them, the candidates, a very  solemn address, besides giving us a good sermon from the words: "Our conversation is in Heaven..."  It was a long and solemn service. After the service was ended, we went to Mr. Caie's to luncheon and then went to see the new Roman Catholic Cathedral with which the Bishop was highly delighted.  I then drove the Bishop in my waggon round to Kildare Capes to see the new church being built expressly for ourselves.  He was pleased with it.  He liked the roof and the appearance altogether.  We went in to Mr. Traver's and took some cake and a glass of wine, and then we came on to Mr. Hochin's where the Rev. Mr. Read was waiting for the Bishop to take him to Mr. Warburton's to tea that night.  We all returned home quite pleased.  Praise the Lord for His unnumbered mercies to us all, no and ever, Amen.
Note the Wallace Sandstone steps at the South Entrance.
      Below is a photo of the church taken by Henry Cundall, possibly taken the day Rev. Dyer and the Anglican Bishop visited here.
I will post photos of the interior tomorrow.