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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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..."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
hit me, I felt like I was saving a piece of heritage and creating a stronger
connection with my ancestors,” MacInnis said.
was one of several Islanders and groups awarded with a 2016 Heritage Award for
his restoration of the 1888 station.
it as a labour of love, I didn’t expect any reward for it,” he said.
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.
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.
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
train station has two rooms, one waiting room where benches line the walls and
sliding doors into a coal storage room.
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
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
thought it was such a shame it was falling down,” he said. “She would have
laughed to see it now.”
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"