Thursday, April 19, 2018

MacNevin House, Brae

    I was by this old property the other day - there's not a shingled left - looks like it was leveled by a "control burn" by the local fire department.
Here's a photo I took of the MacNevin homestead in 2011 when out for a drive with my grandmother - here's the link to the post...
"...below is the house of Horace MacNevin (son of Alan & Lulu) located on Rte. 140 in the Brae - Horace moved out of the house a short time ago.  The farm that had been owned previously by Clarence Johnstone and of which Augustine Guillemont had been the pioneer settler.  Their house had formerly been the home of Herbert Craig...  cf. Past & Present: A history of the Brae, 1979."

Old Homestead, Milburn

     Here's an old house with great detailing on the Boulter Road (Rte. 140) in Milburn (south/near O'Leary).  According to Geolinc Plus this house, along with 50 acres, is currently owned by the Government of PEI.  From looking through the Meachams 1880 Atlas and the 1928 Cummins Atlas, its hard to determine if this was a MacNevin or MacPhee homestead.   
     I took this photo last week.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Old Barn, Brae

     There's alot of great old barns in western Prince Edward Island, especially in the O'Leary area.  Sadly most of them are not used now and slowly falling down.  This barn is on the MacPhee Road in the Brae.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

"Cymbria Lodge" For Sale - 1916

    I came across this interesting ad in the Guardian Newspaper September 11, 1916.  This was from a web search of the UPEI Island Newspapers online website

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Prince County Hospital, Summerside - 1951

    A while back when a family member was a patient at Prince County Hospital I was interested to study this large architectural rendering displayed in one of the Unit corridors.  
     This was the second Prince County Hospital built in 1951 on Beattie Avenue - it replaced the first Prince County Hospital, opened in 1912, was located on St. Stephen Street.
    It's evident as you move through Prince County Hospital that they take pride in their history and display it in many different ways throughout the facility.
    A very good history of the hospital and nurse's residence was written in 2012 by Katherine Dewar and Wayne Wright - This Caring Place: The History of the Prince County Hospital and the School of Nursing.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Warren Farm, Mill River East

     This old farmstead in Hills River (between Alberton and Bloomfield) at 1152 Mill River East Road (Rte. 145) is not long in existence.  The property has recently changed hands and one of the old farm buildings has already been destroyed.
     This was the old Benjamin Warren farmstead.  Benjamin was married to Jane Hewitt and they had two sons, Chester *Chet*, a bachelor; and Thomas who married Isabelle *Belle* Hardy - they had four son: 
1) Gordon m. Blanche Gamble, he farmed this family farm and did carpentry and plumbing on the side; 
2) Walter, he died of appendicitis at 9 years old; 
3) William, m. Marion Hall and lived in Mass., USA; and 
4) Norman m. Wilna Gordon and lived at the end of the Hardy Road in Montrose.  
     By the look of the house I would say it was built in the mid 1800's .  Note above the warehouse door the farm was once called "Norwood Farm".
     The view southeast from this property is looking over the Hills and Mill Rivers.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Sharkey House, Corraville - 1923

    I came across this great photo of a rural farm in Corraville on the Facebook page of the "Cardigan Heritage Centre".  Corraville is bordered by the communities of Martinvale, Cardross, Primrose, Southampton, Milburn, Stratcona - more easily described as between Cardigan and St. Peter's on Route 313 in Kings County.

Friday, August 4, 2017

William Hyde Sr.'s Octagonal House, Meadowbank

     I recently picked-up a copy of "Our West River Heritage" by Violet MacEachern & Arlene MacDougall (January 1993) and was interested to read about an octagonal house built here on Prince Edward Island.  The following is from page 20.
     "It is interesting to learn that William Hyde, Sr., built a large, two-storied, eight sided house which contained a ballroom on the second floor.  This house was a social centre where Members of Parliament were often entertained.  (He was an M.P. for two terms (1812, 1818 & 1825?)).  This fine home was destroyed by fire, about the year 1857, when two Hyde sisters were the only occupants.  Two valuable pieces of furniture were saved from the flames: an antique grandfather's clock, and a sixteen-legged table made of black birch.  All the correspondence with relatives in the old country, England and Ireland, was destroyed severing family connections."  
     William Hyde Sr. was born in 1763 in County Clare, Ireland.  His occupation was listed as militia, farmer and politician.  In 1787 he married Christina Simpson of Cavendish - they had ten children.  William was a member of the Prince Edward Island Provincial Legislature.  William died on October 23, 1831.  ( Info cf. )
Will of William Hyde the Elder of Elliott River Settlement On Township Number 32, Esquire. /// Liber 2 Folio 187 /// To my dearly beloved wife Christiana for life, the House I now reside in with the furniture and 90 acres or therabouts adjoining, with the Barn, and one half of the Stock, Crop, etc., she to allow her daughters, Ellen, Jannett, Mary, and Sarah to live with her as heretofore until they may be married, then to receive one milk cow and six breeding ewes. They may remain on said land after mother's land if unmarried or widows; lands to go eventually to sons James and John equally. / To son William, Freehold farm he now occupies of 110 acres "and forming a point or peninsula fronting on Elliott River and Mill Creek". / Freehold Farm of 110 acres occupied by late son, Thomas (description given), to his widow, Caroline, and children "born and to be born," till the eldest son is 21, he then to take a double portion and to give his brothers and sisters an equal portion (etc.). / To my son, James the remainder of the freehold whereon I at present reside, etc. of 110 acres. / To son John, the leasehold farm called the Mill Farm, on 100 acres, with Mills, etc, but sons James and John to have equal shares in the Mills, etc. (Plan of farms, all on Lot 32, attached.) John to have one half of the upland hay. To James, lot No. 31 in 2nd Hundred in Charlotte Town. To son, John, Lot No. 32, in 2nd hundred of lots, in Ch'Town. To son John and James the other half of the Stock, Crop, and Farming Utensils in my possession, equally, and all other Personal estate not before mentioned, they to pay just debts, and Funeral expenses. / All children directed to continue dutiful and obedient to their mother. / Having equal regard for all my children, I do not omit to notice my daughters Margaret, the wife of Mr. Thomas Tod, and Anne, the wife of Mr. John Cameron (who received portions at marriage). / Sons James and John Executors. Dated 25 Aug. 1831. / William Hyde, L.S. / Witnesses:  John Crosby, James Crosby, Chas. Binns. / Probate granted 9 Jan., 1832. (Reg of Probate, #18).  Above cf.
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     The 8-sided house was a phenomenon created in the mid-nineteenth century by Orson S. Fowler, an American, who published "The Octagonal House: A Home for All" in 1848. Fowler was an amateur architect and lifestyle pundit and a proponent of the octagonal house (cf. wikipedia).  This would not apply to the  Hyde House as it was built prior to the death of Mr. Hyde in 1831. 
     I do not know of any 8-sided houses built on Prince Edward Island, however, there have been a few barns.  Below is the Capt. George Anderson's 2-storey octagonal house in Sackville, New Brunswick - built in 1855.  In the mid twenthieth-century the house was used for many years by the Enterprise Foundry Company.  In 1989 the Town of Sackville purchased, moved and restored the house - today it's a Visitor Information Center.  ( )