Monday, May 9, 2022
We drove by the old Lower Freetown Presbyterian Church a week ago and commented, "it's still there." The building has been in very poor condition for years - hopes of it being restored and repurposed were never achieved. The church was located on Rte-8 close to Rte-109. It was built in 1890 - a Mr. Jesse Burns donated the wood to build the frame, and with donated labour the total cost of construction was about $950.
Thursday, May 5, 2022
This large 2-1/2 storey house was demolished this week. It was located at the corner of Rte-2 and the Darlington Road at Brookfield intersection. This is in Lot-23.
Monday, April 18, 2022
I was out by Founds Mills this morning and took this photo of the old "Sherwood Cottage." It was owned by Peter MacNutt of Darnley, Lot 18. More than 30 years ago contractor Phillip Gallant moved it to Founds Mills and restored it. He saved it!
Wednesday, April 6, 2022
I took this photo today of the E.B. Love Tenement House at 37-39 St. Peters Road. The building was built in 1886 and is directly across the street from Murphy's Parkdale Pharmacy. Love and Son commissioned local architects Phillips and Chappell to design this double tenement. The Love family operated a tannery on the corner of Queen and Kent Streets. There was an earlier house on this property called St. Avard, owned by James C. Pope.
Tuesday, April 5, 2022
On Sunday we took a drive along Route-12 and took photos of historic churches. The first is St. John's Anglican Church, consecrated on July 1, 1900. The incredible detailing on this church was done by "Little" Harry Williams.
Thursday, March 31, 2022
On Sept. 15, 2020 Dutch Thompson posted on Facebook that St. Joachim’s Parish Rectory was demolished the day before. The Rectory was built in 1868 from local brick, same as the church. Here's a photo I took of the church and house to the far right on June 11, 2010. Also here's an image of the church and rectory from Meachams 1880 Atlas of PEI. The last photo is from Dutch's Facebook post of the demolished recotry.
Sunday, March 27, 2022
I took the first photo of this house in February 2007, and the following two photos were taken last April 2021. It's looking a bit worse for the wear.
Friday, March 18, 2022
This year marks the 250th anniversary of the building of the Doucet House by Jean and Marguerite Doucet. A dendrochronology study carried out on the logs determined the wood was cut in the spring of 1772. As a result of the Acadian Deportation of 1758 Jean and Marguerite left PEI, and returned to Rustico with their family in 1771. The Doucet House was located at Grand Pere Point in Cymbria and was going to be torn down in 1999. However, it was offered to the Friends of the Farmers Bank of Rustico who moved it to their National Historic Site and restored it in 2003. When the museum in open in the summer months you can visit the site and learn more about the Doucet House - the oldest house on Prince Edward Island. www.farmersbank.ca
Saturday, March 12, 2022
Here's a 1972 article about the oldest Anglican church on Prince Edward Island, built in 1838. The first church was built in 1825 and burned. The parish will celebrate it's 200th anniversary in 2025.