Sunday, April 24, 2011

Summerside Area Today

For a change I'm posting a few photos I took this evening in the Summerside area.

This barn is near the main intersection at Miscouche - a great large barn.
 The gambrel roof features two large dormers and three roof vents.
Further down the road is Linkletter Beach - here are two mid 20th-century cottages.  I've always been interested in the styles of these little P.E.I. cottages and would like to research and document them further someday.
A bit further up the road in St. Eleanors is the former Isaac Jeffery/ George A. Jeffery /Effie Jeffery Homestead.  This was the original site of the first Jeffery settlement on P.E.I. in 1810 - the farm consisted of 604 acres running down to the shore and today mostly occupied by the Summerside Golf Course.  This house was built about 1865 and replaced the original house "a cottage covered with roses" - the present house was built by Isaac Jeffery (son of George Jeffery, immigrant from the Isle of Wight) and his wife Louisa McInnis.   
In 1983 Effie and her sister Kathleen showed me through this old house then let me drive their 1955 Chevy up to St. John's Anglican Church cemetery to show me where our relatives were buried.  Kathleen died in Florida later that year and Effie died in 1987.  An estate auction of all the contents of this property was held in August 1987 - a year later the house was sold out of the family.
The property had many silver maple trees and during my 1983 visit I was given a seedling to take home with me.
Note the gingerbread running trim on the gable dormer.  The gabled window and square bay windows have much detailing  The new owners have done a great job retaining the original character of the house.


  1. If I was putting together a checklist for the perfect place on PEi that I'd live in, that barn would be on it. So cool looking. :)

  2. I received this from a cousin follower:
    I ran across your blog dated April 24, 2011 with pictures and narrative about the house on Linkletter Road where you mention my Great-Aunts, "On" Effie and "Auntie" Kay, as we knew them. As I am sure my brother has told you, we have many fond memories of summers spent in that house and on the island, in and around Summerside some 50+ years ago! My brother and I arrived by train, which was transported across the Northumberland Strait by the Blue Nose Ferry, as a young boy was always as thrilling as the imaginary ride on the Polar Express for us, and more of a thrill than arriving at Disney World for the first time could ever be for a young child. Back then, this trip transported us back a hundred years in time. The roads were red clay with drainage ditches to either side. Electricity, gas or plumbing did not exist anywhere on the island. When we visited Effie, light after sundown was by hurricane lamp. Going to the bathroom mean a trip out the back door to the "half-moon" (outhouse). Baths were taken in galvanized metal tub in the kitchen with water heated on the wood stove. Wash basins and pitchers were in every bedroom on top of the dresser. Mornings were full of aromas of fresh-baked bread in the wood stove and homemade donuts that Effie would get up at 5:00 am to make for us. Effie was a wonderful aunt who had a lot of character and a devilish sense of humor. She would flash a grin if you told her a kiddie joke, or just to make you wonder what she was up to. Thanks for the photos and great memories they stirred!