Friday, July 26, 2019

Miminegash United Church closed

     I was sad to learn the last service was held in the little Miminegash United Church in early July 2019. The church is located on Route 14 in St. Lawrence in western PEI. This little church was part of the Alberton-Elmsdale Pastoral Charge.
     Though it might seem insignificant, the church had a very interesting history as outlined in a 20-page booklet celebrating their 100th anniversary in the summer of 1981.
     Below are photos I took of the church last week.
     Below is the anniversary booklet I scanned so the history may be shared.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Old Forsyth Homestead destroyed

     The old Forsyth homestead at 187 Dock Road in the community Union (between Elmsdale and Alberton) was destroyed in April 2019 by a "control burn" by the local fire department.
     I took these photos on Apr. 11, 2004 from the road before the leaves came onto the trees - the house was quite a distance from the road.
     The 1880 Meacham's Atlas of PEI shows John Forsyth Jr. living here with 104-acres.
     The 1928 Cummin's Atlas of PEI shows John W. Forsyth living here with a bit more acreage. It notes his wife, Martha Minnetta Hodgson and their four daughters: Margaret, Jean, Mary and Dorothy. (Margaret never married; Jean married Lloyd Wilkie; Mary married Russell Lockerby; and Dorothy married Leslie Hardy).
     The last person to live in this house was Margaret Forsyth. I believe she passed away in the mid-1980s. She was the secretary for the Town of Alberton for many years. No one lived here following her passing. The contents of this house were sold. By chance I found a box of 1940's Christmas cards at Riverview Antiques and bought them.   
     This house displays two eras in architectural periods and style. The original house is the kitchen wing (left) to the rear of the main house (right) and was built in the "center-dormer style" in the 1850s. The main part of the house was built later, possibly around 1900 when a new generation might have taken over the homestead.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Since 1873 the Province has lost scores of...

     It's interesting to read the lament of a Guardian correspondent 91 years ago about the loss of old buildings.

     Since 1873 the Province has lost scores of carriage-building shops and saw and grist mills, also scores of carriage-buildings, carpentering and blacksmith shops and its only woollen factory. Cutting away limited forests has made us more and more dependent upon imported coal for fuel. And we have lost our luscious and once world-famous Malpeque oysters. On the other hand we have gained a silver fox-breeding and fur-farming industry of great value, the benefits of which we are now shared by many nations.” -The Charlottetown Guardian, June 30, 1928 (

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."