Archive | June, 2017

Prince Edward County

8 Jun

Sammy & I had an enjoyable ride today, her first ride of the season. Travelling to a few places that previously we’ve only gone by sailboat it was fascinating to see the same place from two very different perspectives. We’ve anchored many times for the night at both Pryner’s Cove and near Waupoos Island. But today travelling by road we found some beautiful dry-wall stone fences along Morrison Point Road, higher than I’ve seen before. The farm in the background is owned by the Burkinshaw family, who have an extensive blog at Burkinshawfarm.com

Burkinshaw family farm

Earlier in the day we stopped at Fifth Town Artisan Cheese and sampled many delicious kinds of cheese, all goat or water buffalo. We didn’t have a cooler so were limited as to what we could buy. We did get some goat milk curds and sat in the shade on their patio to enjoy ….. mmmm good. My SPOT map will help you find it.

Because of my land surveying background I’m curious about boundaries, and I have an interest in photographing old stone fences, so I’ve done a bit of sleuthing on the internet. I also have distant UEL family roots.

Marysburgh Township maps showing the lot and concession cadastral fabric; a detailed map can be viewed at http://www.historicmapworks.com/Map/CA/215/South+Marysburgh+Township++Wellington+Village++Milford/Hastings+and+Prince+Edwards+Counties+1878/Ontario/

Morrison Point Road is the concession line between 1st concession north of Black River and 1st concession south of Black River. My picture of the stone wall was taken approximately at lot 3 in the 1st concession North of Black River; specifically by me GArmin Zumo GPS at N 43° 58.920′  W 077° 00.436′

A map of lesser resolution can be downloaded https://digital.library.mcgill.ca/countyatlas/Images/Maps/TownshipMaps/Small/has-m-marysburgh-s.jpg

Thanks to  ….  http://www.pec.on.ca/pehac/historic_notes.html

“The United Empire Loyalists

This changed with the arrival of some 500 Loyalists (plus disbanded British and German allied troops) subsequent to the American Revolution. Captain Justine Sherwood carried out a reconnaissance survey of Prince Edward in 1783, and the following year, surveyor Collins came ashore at Prinyer’s Cove, erected a log cabin and began to survey the “5thtownship”, now Marysburg, the first to be done in the County. The first Loyalist settlers, led by Lieutenant Archibald MacDonnell, arrived in the fall of 1784 at MacDonnell’s Cove, later named Prinyer’s Cove after his son-in-law, and began to build their cabins and clear the land.

This early settlement was followed by similar activity in the area up the shores of Picton Bay, then called Grand Bay, across the old portage to East and West Lakes and to Wellington. The Daniel Reynold’s Loyalist house was finished and he and his new bride moved there in 1792. It has been carefully restored and still functions as a residence. Interestingly, both these areas, although not tilled until the early 1800’s, reflected the influence of nature: they are easily accessible by water, and have good soils.

Throughout the 1800’s, Prinyer’s Cove was used by commercial schooners as a safe haven. There were several docks, where local products could be loaded onto the ships. Many other safe harbours in The County received similar use throughout that Century, including Picton Bay, Weller’s Bay, Bay of Quinte, Smiths Bay and South Bay.

The Marysburgh Settlement

Among the early Loyalist settlers in Marysburgh Township was a group of about forty disbanded German mercenaries who, by 1784, had begun to clear land and cultivate crops in the vicinity of Waupoos. This was one of the earliest German-speaking settlements in the province. (On the grounds of the Marysburgh Museum, Waupoos Road, off County Road #8, Waupoos)”

Newfoundland Revisited

6 Jun

I watched the movie Maudie last night, based on the life of folk artist Maud Lewis of Nova Scotia. The film location is in NL and some of the scenes are in Keels at the general store. It brought back great memories for me of riding there in 2013 with my friend Jim.​