First Vacationers to Cacouna South
Aerial view of the Anse au Persil sector showing the hill.
Having established themselves in the village, the summer people began building to the west, along the north side of the King's Highway. Cottages and summer homes can be found all along this wooded hillside. Some are old farmhouses that have been renovated, while others, more recent, were inspired by traditional local architecture. Summer residences were often built in the Picturesque style, well-suited to their rural setting.
It was in 1865 that Johnston Thomson had the first cottage built in Anse au Persil, near the old chemin de Kakouna. Two years later, Dr. George W. Campbell built himself a summer residence, followed by Mary Alice Hamilton in 1892. Midway between these cottages and the Church of St. James the Apostle, Thomas McPherson Bryson built a cottage in 1871, while Charles Tuggey purchased a farmhouse in 1866. Gads Hill, the summer residence of Sir George A. Drummond, was constructed in 1871, not far from Cliff Cottage (1865). It was flanked by Woodside (1873) and Montrose (1900).
For the most part, summer residents were merchants or businessmen, among them the highly influential Senator Drummond. Founder of the Canada Sugar Refining Company, he was also President of the Bank of Montreal and on the board of directors of several companies.
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