Telling the Story
I recently read Sandy Morton’s story on abandoned buildings in Prince Edward County called “Who will tell the Story” (JuneJuly 2018) and I wanted to share a brief history of one such abandoned home. Our family of seven lived in the now-dilapidated home (pictured) on Huffs Island in Prince Edward County. Our house had three bedrooms upstairs. I had to share a bed with my youngest brother, until our oldest brother moved out. We had an outhouse and an outdoor hand pump for our water supply, where snakes crawled around in the stone-dug well. We had a few pigs and a goat to trim the grass, but that all came to an end in 1954 when Hurricane Hazel destroyed the barn, and the shed attached to the back off the house caved in. The phone in the house had a hand crank, and was attached to the wall; in a lightning storm, we’d put a boot over the speaker! We eventually moved off the island—i believe we were the last family to live in this house.