The Lost Villages

Canada


The story of the lost villages is a sad story of how a group of small villages along the St Lawrence river were allowed to drown to enable the river to be developed to allow better access to lake Ontario for larger ships, More water would also allow the U S A and Canada to share and improve their electricity generating system. On a recent visit to Canada I visited the location but the Museum had not yet opened, I did take some photos of some of the buildings that had been relocated to a site near the original location. Below is the reconstructed village store and barber's shop from one of the villages.

 Village store
exterior photos by myself

Below we see the railway station that stood in the village called Molinette. The railway was part of the Canadian National railway syatem that served the communities along the Banks of the St Lawrence river and on across Canada,one of the villages it served was called Wales and was situated on the bank of the St Lawrence river at the eastern end of Lake Ontario.

Rail Station

Below is the church that has been re erected here from one of the villages that was drowned.

The Church

From one of the villages we have the village school, what a lovely setting.

School Room

Below a lovely little cottage that was once a to home to a family.

cottage

Since starting this page I have been given some photo's that allow us to have a peep inside some of the old places, And we will start with the church: the large pipe at the top right comes from the stove and serves as a good radiator as well as clearing the smoke

altar
the interior pictures were taken by Colin Williams

Below we see the stove that provided warmth for the congregation and also ensured that the place was dry.

wood burning stove
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What a beautifull organ, very old and small when compared with the modern day organs, but I am sure that the sound of the organ and of the people singing would have had a very calming and warming effect on the people outside as they listened.

The Organ

We must not forget the village schoolroom, as in the previous two pictures you will note the large pipe from the fire to the ceiling and along to the outside wall, this served as an extra heating source. The union jack flag occupies a prominent position.

classroom

Let us look now at another classroom, this gives us a better view of the heating system, note the picture above the blackboard. I bet that during the winter months the good children sat near the stove.

Flue Pipe

We in the country of Wales can understand to some degree how the unfortunate people of these lost villages must have felt to have their homes and churches taken away. We have had similar things happen here where a valley along with the village has been drowned to provide water for another city in England. The village of Wales was the only inland village to be covered; all the other nine villages were on low lying ground and had to go in order for the St Lawrence to be made wider and deeper to take larger shipping this was achieved at a great cost to many people. Some of the details here have come from a book I read whilst on holiday in Canada a few years ago. It was a book called Voices from the Lost Villages by Rosemary Rutley, who lived near the village of Wales. My Thanks to Colin Williams for letting me use the interior pictures.

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