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The Clyde River Christmas Party is on Tuesday, Dec. 5th at 8:00 p.m. at the Riverview Community Centre. We welcome you to come along and celebrate the season with friends and neighbours.

Instead of a gift exchange, we are taking monetary donations for needy families with children attending Westwood School. Everyone is invited, and, if we are good, Santa may visit. Lunch will be served.

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Clyde River history committee member Joanne Turner recommended to us that we view this series that she had enjoyed, Tales from the Green Valley, on YouTube. I had a chance to view it over the past week and thoroughly enjoyed it. Did you ever want to know what it would be like to live in 1620? Here’s your chance. Five history scholars agreed to live for one year on a farm in a valley near the Wales border. Did they work hard? Yes, it mentions that they burned over 4000 calories a day – equivalent to a high-performing athlete of today. Nothing, and I mean nothing, was wasted. A thatched roof takes a lot of material, patience and skill. Some of their chores would still be similar to those in the 1800s when our ancestors moved to Prince Edward Island e.g. clearing the land, churning butter and making soap. Click on the screen below to link to the YouTube series and enjoy. Please feel free to share your comments and insights below after viewing the series.

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Pioneer Cemetery

All residents interested in the future of our local Pioneer Cemetery are invited to a meeting at the Riverview Community Centre on Thursday, September 28th at 7:00 pm.  The cemetery is in need of some care and maintenance. This meeting will be an opportunity to review that work as well as discuss interest in a plan on how to support the cemetery going forward.

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Art in the Park: Saturday, July 22, 9:00 to Noon, Murchison Place Park (shine or light rain).
Art in the Park welcomes all levels of painters, especially the beginner. Come on out for an enjoyable morning of painting with new and old friends, under the dappled canopy of the park. We also welcome those who enjoy watching art being created.

All are invited to an optional demo and free painting lesson in Plein Air landscape painting starting at 9:30 am to 10:30 am. In a workshop style, with local artist Julia Purcell, participants will learn to develop a well-built start for their painting by creating strong compositional thumbnails through the principles of Japanese notan and by using a view finder to shape a limited focus. There will be an explanation of the three properties of color and a discussion of how to implement a color strategy by using a limited palette in landscape painting. Bring your own painting materials e.g. acrylic or watercolor paint. Please include a sketch book and soft pencil such as an 8B. Using an easel is recommended. View finders will be provided. If you plan to participate in this lesson, we ask you to pre-register by emailing juliampurcell@gmail.com. Coffee and water provided. There is a washroom on site. Murchison Place Park is located among the trees at the corner of Trans Canada Highway and Clyde River Road.

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Piper plays at summer social

The Clyde River History Committee attended a summer social at the Old Protestant Burying Ground this past Tuesday evening. We were all intrigued to attend our first social at a cemetery, and it turned out to be a wonderful exploration into the early history of Charlottetown and Prince Edward Island as a whole. Many of us never had a chance to visit this site, so we looked forward to their guided tours. The event program follows:

  • Prelude – Piper Brady Singleton, Belfast Pipe and Drum Band Confederation Players
  • Welcome – Chair, Don Patton
  • Remarks – Author George Wright, Who Departed this Life: A History of the Old Protestant Burying Ground
  • Musical Performance – Shirley Wright and players
  • Tree Planting – Reverend Dr. Gordon Matheson
  • Tour of significant sites (including military) and refreshments
  • The invitation was to come and meet your neighbours – Past and Present!

Ann (Grant) Dixon’s headstone – stone came from Nova Scotia and is the same stone used in Province House & Confederation Centre of the Arts. Click on photo to enlarge.

A few days before the event, I received a note from Hilda (Dixon) Colodey that there would be a Clyde River connection at the Old Protestant Burying Ground. Her 2x great-grandmother and my 3x great-grandmother Ann (Grant) Dixon is buried there. Here are the ancestral lines:

Dixon Line:

  • 1st generation: Ann (Grant) married to George A. Dixon
  • 2nd generation: Mackieson Dixon married Amanda Lowther
  • 3rd generation: George Dixon married Margaret MacQuarrie
  • 4th generation: Boyd Dixon married Peggy Easter
  • 5th generation: Hilda, Mack, Alex & Peter

Dixon-Beer Line:

  • 1st generation: Ann (Grant) married to George A. Dixon
  • 2nd generation: Margaret (Dixon), Mackieson’s sister, married Archibald Livingstone
  • 3rd generation: Mary Ann (Livingstone) married James Beer
  • 4th generation: Frederick Beer married Frances Darrach
  • 5th generation: John Beer married Hazel MacLean
  • 6th generation: Blois, Doreen & Vivian

Link to online Ann & George Dixon family tree: www.janedyment.ca

Ann was born in 1799. She travelled to PEI with her husband George A. Dixon in 1832 and purchased Selkirk land on the Bannockburn Road in Clyde River, then known as Dog River. They farmed and operated a mill. Ann died in 1841. Her two daughters, each named Mary Ann (first died in 1830 and second died in 1851), are buried beside her at the Old Protestant Burying Ground.

Hilda tells me that when Ann’s oldest daughter Margaret had her first daughter, she carried on the name Mary Ann.

George A. Dixon remarried Annie Atkinson and they had two more children. George and Annie are buried in the Burnside Presbyterian Cemetery in Clyde River. This cemetery was established in 1856.

A few facts about The Old Protestant Burying Ground:

  • Estimated that about 4000 people were buried here between 1784-1873. A list has been created for 3200.
  • Fell into neglect and suffered bouts of sabotage, but in 1999 a group of citizens came together to restore this important part of Island history.
  • A few of the many notable people buried here:
    • Hon. George Wright, member of legislature – his father Thomas was a surveyor for Samuel Holland.
    • Ambrose Lane, Colonial Administrator, built the stone house in Clyde River. There is also a small waterfall on the property referred to as Lane’s Rock.
    • William Douse, Earl of Selkirk’s land agent that the Dixon’s and Beers would have dealt with when they purchased their original properties. A story about a family reunion and family crypt is featured in this story in Toronto Star.
    • William Crosby – We featured an earlier story, The Crosby’s of Meadowbank, that references William Crosby.
    • Samuel Holman – the first member of the Holman family of merchants.
    • John Frederick Holland – Eldest son of Samuel Holland
    • Online biographies of many interesting people buried here.
    • Online list of all those known to be buried here.

Here is a thoughtful description written by Judy Gaudet of Charlottetown on The Old Protestant Burying Ground:

Imagine a city underground. It is the Charlotte Town that used to be. Here are many prominent people: Ambrose Lane, twice Administrator of the early colony; Hon. George Wright, Surveyor General and five times Administrator of the Colony; Condolly Rankin, High Sherifff; Peter MacGowan, Attorney General; Susan, Governor Ready’s daughter is there; and Jane, Barrister Palmer’s wife. Here are Benjamin Chappell, first postmaster of PEI, and James Coles, whose son George was a Father of Confederation. Plaw the architect, Charles Binns, the attorney. Benjamin Bremmer’s father, JS, the bookseller is here, and his mother, who ran the bookstore when JS died, until she herself was killed in a train accident in Boston.

Here’s bandleader Galbraith’s wife Susan. Here are auctioneers, wheelwrights, soldiers and blacksmiths. Theophilus Desbrisay, the first Anglican Rector, who served for 47 years, is here with his wife, children and grandchildren. Here are the joiners, carriage builders, tinsmiths, teachers and poets. John LePage’s wife and children are here. Here are butchers, bankers, stationers, milkers, masons, saddlers, and harness makers. You might think work could go ahead as usual in the city under the ground. Life and Death.

Here’s Dr. Henry Johnson, the young preacher, just come over from England, liked by everyone, died within weeks of his arrival. Frederick Goodman, Hon. George’s son drowned along with Ann Maloney when their skiff was hit by a sudden squall on their way back from St. Peter’s Island. John Ross, the publisher, lost his young son in the same year as the Charlotte Town fire took his business. Arthur Aggasiz, a young gentleman, had a seizure at the bottom of a well, where he went to retrieve a bucket and drowned despite all the servants could do; Eliza Taylor, wife of Neil Graham, the ship’s carpenter, died in childbirth. His second wife died that way, too.

Many women did. Many children died. But we all have our time. And it may that they are not in this city under the ground at all, “but amidst the stars and near the throne” as one stone claims for a lost Knight child. But should we not pay some honour to this place where they were last seen? Surely if we forget them, and their lives, their contributions and their humanity, the city above ground will be the poorer.

Please make sure to take some time to visit The Old Protestant Burying Ground at 270 University Avenue. Carl Phillis is the caretaker and he is there each week day from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. He welcomes visitors and loves to answer your questions about the cemetery.

If any of our readers have ancestral connections to those buried at the Old Protestant Burying Ground, we invite you to add information in the comments below.

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Strawberries and Ice Cream Social, Wednesday, July 12th, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Riverview Community Centre

The big summer event for Clyde River Women’s Institute is, of course, the annual Strawberries and Ice Cream Festival where young and not so young gather to enjoy the scrumptious desserts and meet friends and neighbours. Admission at the door. The museum featuring a collection of artifacts and heritage photos will be open for tours.

Art in the Park: Saturday, July 22, 9:00 to Noon, Murchison Place Park (shine or light rain).
Art in the Park welcomes all levels of painters, especially the beginner. Come on out for an enjoyable morning of painting with new and old friends, under the dappled canopy of the park. We also welcome those who enjoy watching art being created.
All are invited to an optional demo and free painting lesson in Plein Air landscape painting starting at 9:30 am to 10:30 am. In a workshop style, with local artist Julia Purcell, participants will learn to develop a well-built start for their painting by creating strong compositional thumbnails through the principles of Japanese notan and by using a view finder to shape a limited focus. There will be an explanation of the three properties of color and a discussion of how to implement a color strategy by using a limited palette in landscape painting. Bring your own painting materials e.g. acrylic or watercolor paint. Please include a sketch book and soft pencil such as an 8B. Using an easel is recommended. View finders will be provided. If you plan to participate in this lesson, we ask you to pre-register by emailing juliampurcell@gmail.com. Coffee and water provided. There is a washroom on site. Murchison Place Park is located among the trees at the corner of Trans Canada Highway and Clyde River Road.

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This month you can explore PEI’s provincial museum sites for free with a Discover PEI: Heritage Pass that can be borrowed from selected branches of the Public Library Service! With your PEI library card, borrow a Heritage Pass for one week. The Heritage Pass provides free family admission to any of the seven provincial museum sites.

  • Tour Beaconsfield History House – an elegant 1877 Victorian mansion.
  • Learn about PEI’s fisheries history at breathtaking Basin Head.
  • Immerse yourself in the activities of 1890s rural life at Orwell Corner Historic Village.
  • Dive into shipbuilding history and explore Yeo House a charming country mansion at Green Park.
  • Discover the journey of the Acadians of PEI at le Musée acadien.
  • Travel back in time at Elmira Railway Museum.
  • Visit Eptek Art & Culture Centre in Summerside to be inspired through local arts and crafts.

Passes are available at the following libraries:

  • Confederation Centre Public Library
  • Stratford Public Library
  • Summerside Rotary Library
  • Cornwall Public Library
  • Montague Rotary Library
  • Tyne Valley Public Library
  • Souris Public Library
  • Bibliothèque publique d’Abram-Village
  • Bibliothèque publique Dr.-J.-Edmond-Arsenault
  • Bibliothèque publique J.-Henri-Blanchard

You can view the PEI Museums photo gallery on Facebook, click here.

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