Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Long River United Church

Here's another church for sale - I don't know alot about this church - had some friends go look at it the other day.  Here's two photos I took on October 30, 2009.
Long River United Church was built in 1928. Percy Tanton architect and Rutherford Cotton contractor. 
Below:  Another church from Long River is the Presbyterian church which was moved to Avonlea Village in Cavendish about 10 years ago.  It was great to see the church saved as it was quickley deteriorating in Long River.
Long River Presbyterian Church was built in 1874, George Baker was the architect and Mr. Dempsey, Summerside, was the contractor. Andrew MacLeod, Irishtown, was one of the carpenters.   A large tea party was held in Robert Johnstone's field, now owned by David Black to raise money for the new church.  At a Sunday morning service about 1890 the minister gave out the announcements for the coming week but forgot to mention taking up the collection which in those days meant mostly cents; announced the closing hymn with still no mention of collection, this was too much for the old treasurer sitting up in the side seats by the pulpit. He waved his arm and said — "say mister you forgot to take up the census."


  1. Good to hear one of the old churches was put to good use. Where was it in Long River before it was moved?

    I wonder what the fate of this one will be? The price is decent, but I wonder what purpose it could be used for? Long River isn't on the beaten path, and there's not really much left in that village that would draw anyone there where you could make a business out of it.

  2. My husband and I bought Long River United this summer. It needs a lot of work. Foundation repair and plumbing for starters, but it is beautiful. We are both writers so we are planning to use it as a writing retreat for ourselves and other people who need a quiet place to write. We are also hoping to keep it as open as possible so that the people in the community can use it for meetings or gatherings if they wish. They have been so good to us. These photos are lovely.