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A House on the Lake
The further north you go from Hanover, the more frequently lakes mark the landscape, and once you cross the border, things really change. For residents of Montreal, having “a cabin on the lake” is almost a birthright, as evidenced by traffic streaming out of the city on weekends all year long: in the summer to laze by the water; in winter to ski in either the Eastern Townships or the Laurentians. Here’s a typical view from the grounds of the Hovey Manor on Lake Massawippi:
My parents have had a house for fifty years on Lac Ouimet in the Laurentian Mountains, due north of Montreal. The lake is about a mile and a half long, and as you can see below, there is a body of water every few miles in that part of the world:
Addendum: The Hovey Manor website includes a historical tidbit:
Many of the first settlers around North Hatley were United Empire Loyalists [Tories], mostly farmers, who left New England in the years following the American Declaration of Independence in 1776. Several fine farmhouses of this period still exist in the village. Manoir Hovey was named after one of the most noteworthy of these settlers, Colonel Ebenezer Hovey, who was granted a large tract of land by the Crown in 1785, directly across the lake from the inn.
In large measure, however, the village owns most of its great houses and particular architecture to the first summer people — aristocrats, captains of industry and large landowners, mostly Americans from south of the Mason-Dixon Line. For some time after the American Civil War (1861-1865) many wealthy southerners renounced New England (Yankeeland) as a summer holiday destination and continued further north into Canada, some by private railway car. Rumour has it that many drew their blinds in passing through New England.
Addendum: Québecois Denys Arcand’s wonderful movie, The Barbarian Invasions — winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2004 — has its final scenes shot next to Lake Memphremagog, not far from Massawippi. The characters repair there for the imminent death of their friend, the film’s main character, Rémy. The lakeside home represents for the entire group a harmony that they did not find in other parts of their lives.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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