Posted by: Manager / Associate Curator | August 24, 2018

Wales: The Last Wedding

This year we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the St Lawrence Power Project, while anticipating next year’s 60th anniversary of the St. Lawrence Seaway.

With this year’s drought and resulting low water levels, there is much renewed interest in the Lost Village of Wales. People have been walking the temporarily resurfaced streets of Wales and collecting souvenirs, such as bricks from the former Grand Trunk Railway station.

Shirley Heagle provided us with this June 1, 1957 photo taken on the steps of St. David’s (Anglican) Church at Wales. She and her now deceased husband, Raymond, were the last couple to be married there prior to the demolition of that church in anticipation of the Power Project inundation. St. David’s was demolished in 1957, but some stones and human remains from the church cemetery were relocated to the new combined St. Lawrence Union Cemetery near Ingleside. St. David’s stained-glass windows found a new home at Christ Church in Long Sault, while the Casavant pipe organ was relocated to St. James in Morrisburg.

Wales was originally known as Dickinson’s Landing Station, a mile north of Dickinson’s Landing. As the area around the station grew in population, the church was built in Wales and the parishioners from St. Peter’s in Woodlands transferred to the new church. These two church photos are from historic post cards.

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