AP­PLE HILL

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In 1882, as soon as the sur­vey­ors for the On­tario and Que­bec Rail­way de­ter­mined that the only rea­son­able route through the swamps of the Garry and Beaudette Rivers was through the Ap­ple Hill area, sev­eral cit­i­zens moved from the Loch Garry set­tle­ment and a post of­fice was set up.

The new vil­lage was a piece of high, dry land where the road from Mart­in­town to the north­ern set­tle­ments hap­pened to in­ter­sect the new rail­way. This piece of dry land was Sandy Kennedy’s Or­chard, hence the name “Ap­ple Hill” for the post of­fice and pro­posed sta­tion. Con­struc­tion of the rail­road be­gan in 1885, five years af­ter the post of­fice opened.

In the early days the vil­lage once was a thriv­ing set­tle­ment with many gen­eral stores, black­smith, cheese fac­to­ries, gas sta­tions, a ho­tel and a busy rail­way sta­tion.m To­day the vil­lage has a mod­ern li­censed com­mu­nity cen­tre, play­ground, soc­cer and ball fields, but gone are the many busi­nesses that used to line our streets. Many fundrais­ing events oc­cur dur­ing the year spon­sored by the lo­cal fire depart­ment, churches and recre­ation com­mit­tee which keeps the com­mu­nity spirit alive.

Fam­ily roots are deeply buried in the hearts of many peo­ple who fondly visit their “home­town” and are wel­comed by the quiet friend­li­ness of the peo­ple who live there to­day.

Recre­ation As­so­ci­a­tion

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