Telling the Story

More of Our Canada - - News - Irene Van­hat­tem, Cold­brook, N. S.

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.

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