The highway that follows the St. Lawrence in Glengarry is one of my favorite places. I like the gentle drive along the waterfront with the St. Lawrence on one side and the houses either on the water or set back.
There are little docks, with boats. I noticed that the signs had been updated to reflect the South Glengarry township change. I still think of it as Glengarry County with the townships of Lochiel, Kenyon, Charlottenburgh and Lancaster.
Since I had viewed a copy of Part IV of Duncan’s charts, I didn’t have to go into the Cornwall Public Library and the Cornwall Room. I had been there in 2012 so I knew what they had and given them a booklet of my McDonald’s side. I do recommend the Cornwall Room for genealogical research. http://www.cornwall.ca/en/webadmin/publiclibrary.asp I do want to warn you that the library’s website it not real helpful but you can go to their local history link and do searches. The Cornwall Room has limited hours so make sure you know those hours before you head out to this library in downtown Cornwall. Parking is behind the library and you do have to feed the meter. http://library.cornwall.on.ca/
You can read about my first visit dated June 24, 2012 “The Cornwall Public Library’s Genealogical & History Collection.”
The Genealogical Society of St. Laurent has moved to the basement of the Cornwall Library and I could go in and see if they were open for business and it looks like they might be keeping Saturday hours. http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~onstormo/info-local-cornwallplib.html
You can read about my first visit to them in 2012 at this post dated June 24, 2012 “A Gem in the United Counties of S.D.&G: La Genealogie et archives Saint-Laurent Inc.”
I decided I needed some downtime and to rest so I hung around my motel room. Now I stayed at this motel one night on my trip in 2012. It is the motel Monte Carlo and it is right on the St. Lawrence River just a little past the main downtown area of Cornwall. Now it is not a fancy motel but it is so convenient. It is just beyond St. Anthony St. and a bit before Boundary Rd. and right on Hwy 2. She put me in room #4 again and fortunately, things had improved since my last visit. So I was happy. http://www.montecarlomotel1700.com/ Now if you want breakfast you have to go out. They did have coffee but I would plan to bring your own just in case. I did have a microwave and refrigerator.
Just east along Hwy #2 is the Blue Anchor Bar and Grill. I had found this restaurant on my last trip and had sat out on their veranda watching the boats go by. I forgot one thing and that is it was fall this time not spring and it was a bit cool out there on their veranda but I persevered. http://www.blueanchor.ca/ They are also on Facebook.
I had made arrangements to meet with someone at one of the little historical societies in the area but it didn’t work out. I had hoped to ask a ton of questions but it didn’t happen and I have had a discussion with myself about being more careful.
However, I did get a little drive through the Glengarry area and when I turned off of Hwy 34 onto Hwy 24 and saw these church spires I realized that it was the St. Columba and Kirkhill Churches that I had visited the last time. I had come south on the Military Road and saw them in the distance and was just blown away. They were still pretty impressive.
In Alexandria I wandered around and found this lovely lake and another cemetery The United Church Cemetery.
I stopped at Dimitri’s for an early dinner. It was a little stormy and windy so I ate my early dinner inside Dimitri is in Summerstown and right on the St. Lawrence. I decided to try a Greek plate and it was very good. They said they would be offering breakfast starting in October so you might want to check it out. Dimitri’s is a little east of Hwy 27 in Summerstown.
Anything having to do with MacDonells is something that I will take a few minutes to stop and study. There is a plaque on the Hwy 2 for Lt. Colonel John MacDonell (Abercalder). It is on the south side of the road. You can pull into Stone House Point Road and park and then walk over to the plaque. It you get to Rae Road you are either past or just about there depending on which way you are headed.
There are supposed to be remnants of the house he built-in this area but it is all private property so I did not try to venture further. I did try to peek over the bushes but I could not see anything in the area that might be ruins. Google Earth just sees lots of trees in the area.
There are lots of historical plaques in the area and one could spend a lot of time driving around and finding them.
Try these links.
Here is a list of the posts and dates of my 2012 tour of the Glengarry, Ontario area. You can find them using the archive box on the right of this blog.
- At Last! Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry!, June 22, 2012
- An Overview: Dundas, Stormont and the city of Cornwall, Ontario, June 24, 2012
- The Cornwall Public Library’s Genealogical & History Collection, June 24, 2012
- A Gem in the United Counties of S.D.&G: La Genealogie et archives Saint-Laurent, Inc., June 24, 2012
- Cornwall Community Museum! June 25, 2012
- Touring Glengarry: Glengarry Archives & the Sir John Johnson House, June 26, 2012
- Touring Glengarry: The Nor’Westers and Loyalist Museum, June 26, 2012
- Touring Glengarry: Williamstown, June 26, 2012
- Touring Glengarry: Dunvegan & The Glengarry Pioneer Museum, June 27, 2012
- Touring Glengarry: Alexandria “The Centre of Glengarry,” June 27, 2012
- Touring Glengarry: St. Raphael’s, June 28, 2012
- Touring Glengarry: Martintown, June 28, 2012
- Touring Glengarry: St. Andrews West (Stormont), June 28, 2012
- Touring Glengarry: Lancaster, June 28, 2012
- Last Night in Cornwall, A Turn of Events and a lovely view!, June 28, 2012
- Touring Glengarry: Cornwall to South Lancaster, June 29, 2012
- Touring Glengarry: Kirkhill, June 29, 2012
- Touring Glengarry: Lochiel, Glen Sandfield, Dalkeith, June 29, 2012
- Prescott, Russell, The Ottawa River & Ottawa!, June 29, 2012