A native family’s seasonal home at Antigonish Landing, Victoria Day weekend, 1924. Photographer: Violet Cunningham. Courtesy of Antigonish Heritage Museum. Restoration: Anne Louise MacDonald
Violet Cunningham’s son, Roy, remembers his mother taking this photo when he was a child. A memorable day because he got to have “pop” on this holiday. Jocelyn Gillis, Curator, Antigonish Heritage Museum, on the basis of her conversation with Roy Cunningham, challenges records of this photo as the Tom Young family (who crafted hockey sticks). Also, the Tom Young family lived in a frame house by 1924, and were not part of the seasonal encampment to Antigonish Landing.
Violet Cunningham was the daughter of Samuel Turnbull, a baker. Violet married Peary Mortimer Cunningham, a foreman merchant (not Wilkie & Cunningham store). Their home on Church Street was built in the 1890s and known as Spruce Cottage. It exists today as apartments.