--February 3, 2010
I just want to congratulate you on your fine product... [Townships Heritage WebMagazine] is intelligently conceived, nicely composed and structured, and contains interesting historical items that are typical for the E.T. cultural landscape and historical heritage. I find the discussion on water power and first generation mill locations highly interesting, as some of these sites started small and over time grew to important service locations for the local / regional population. I am curious whether one finds a similar basic development also on the south side of the border, in places such as North Troy, Newport, of course, but other smaller locations .They did possess water power, and needed gristmill services and water driven saw mills, as well.
And of course the physical landscape was literally packed with brooks and rivers of modest destinations, so they were easy to harness. I understand that Mansonville had a river dimension similar to that of Stanstead/Rock Island and other parts of Missisquoi River would also be easy to harness and the same applies to North Troy, and Richford, Vermont.
On another matter that sits in the cultural landscape: English language place names. It would be interesting to make a tally of “lost place names,” which are often hidden under “a saint something de” the old original Anglophone name, which eventually might be dropped altogether. I suppose that this might be more of topic for the Townshippers’ Association to keep track of, but still, whenever it happens it comes always as a bit of a shock to me. Sometimes one can transform a well established place name such as Knowlton into Lac Brome and have a gradual withdrawal of the old place name!
Knowlton Landing, QC