The walk will follow city sidewalks.
On this walk, I will share my impressions of social and family life in Sandy Hill in the 1890s and the 1940s. I will offer personal stories and vignettes set in the historical context to illustrate those times, and the experience will be punctuated by views of specific houses along the route.
I grew up in Sandy Hill between 1943 and 1958. My grandparents lived and worked in Sandy Hill from 1937 to 1951, and my grandfather had lived here in the 1890s. I have just written and published a book, much of which focuses on old Sandy Hill. The book is entitled The Life and Times of George Penrose Woollcombe: Educator.
Although I am giving this walk in English, I speak French as well, and participants are invited to ask questions in either language.
We will meet on the sidewalk in front of 430 Besserer St, between Chapel & Augusta Sts. From there, we will walk along Cobourg St, Daly Ave, Augusta St,, and Laurier Ave, ending at the former All Saints Church at Laurier & Chapel.
Stephen Woollcombe is a retired Canadian diplomat.