Sunday, December 16, 2018

Leard's 1888 Grist Mill

It's great to drive by Leard's Mill and see it restored. Here are a few recent photos.  The open house we held in mid October 2018 saw over 300 people come through in three hours.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018



LEARD'S MILL OPEN HOUSE, Sunday, Oct. 14th, 1-4pm.  Receipts given for donations of $20 and more.
Photo: Eric McCarthy, Journal Pioneer, Oct. 3, 2018

Monday, June 11, 2018

Reeves House, South Freetown to be demolished today

      I was notified by Jean last evening that this house was to be demolished today.  It was listed on for anyone to take windows, etc. 
     I drove by last evening and again this morning and took a few distant photos.  
     This is an impressive 3-1/2 storey farm house with an attached carriage house on a rise of land on the Nodd Road in South Freetown.  It was built by David Reeves 170 years ago.  David (1829-1912) married in 1858 to Margaret McCallum Cole (1839-1895) of Bedeque.  They had 12 children: Azzur, Hubert, Herbert, Esther, Duncan, Andrew, John, Janie, Wallace, Henry, Ada and Horatio.
     The photo below is from the ad referenced above.
     Below: map from Meacham's 1880 Atlas of PEI shows David Reeves with 396-Acres.  
Below: map from Cumin's 1928 Atlas of PEI shows this house belonging to Mrs. Picton Reeves (her husband Picton died in 1922) with 296-Acres and 100-Acres to the right belonging to her brother-in-law Hubert Reeves.  The also Atlas notes Mrs. Reeves having the following children: Margaret, Elmar, Preston and Elworth.

       Today this dairy farm is called "Blue Diamond Holsteins" with a newer home out front.

I took these photos last evening.
I took these photos this morning - that's an impressive tree in front of the house.

October 26, 1912 – The Charlottetown Guardian
     On Thursday, October 17th at Freetown there passed away one of the oldest residents in the person of David Reeves, at the good age of eighty-three years, after an illness of a few weeks caused by the general breaking up of the system.  The deceased was an honourable and upright man in all his dealing and acquired a good share of this worlds goods. 
     He leaves the following children to cherish his memory of a hind and affectionate father: - Janie and Horatio, Claremont, N.H.; Mrs. Joseph Webster, Imperial, Sask. (who arrived home shortly before her father’s death).  Davis of Seattle, Wash.; Herbert of Victoria West; Duncan of Norboro; Esther, and Hubert of Freetown and Picton at home.  The funeral on Saturday was largely attended, service was conducted at the house and grave by Rev. Mr. Morris, Kensington.  The remains were laid to rest in the Methodist Cemetery, Birch Grove, beside those of his wife, who predeceased him some years ago.  The pall bearers were – John Walker, Caleb Taylor, William Deighan, Joseph Baker, John Power, and Patrick Kielly.

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.