Canada's Idyllic Seaside Resort
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Summertime in late 19th-century St. Andrews was more than a vacation by the sea, it was a lifestyle. "Discovered" by a wealthy few who felt the need for a seaside retreat, the town soon became a haven for the elite seeking respite from the heat of the sweltering cities throughout North America.
Luxurious hotels such as the Algonquin, clean air and outstanding resort facilities attracted minor and major nobility, stars of stage and screen, and politicians such as the Fathers of Confederation Sir Leonard Tilly and Sir Charles Tupper, who were joined by the glitterati and scions of "old money" from Canada, the United States and beyond.
Originally published as No Hay Fever and a Railway in 1989, this new edition of Willa Walker’s classic volume draws upon archival records and the author’s own memories as she lovingly recalls the exceptional little town and its permanent and summertime residents. With an eye for detail, she describes many of the cottages and homes and the summer society that was established at this quaint seaside community. Updated by her sons Giles, David and Julian, this new volume includes all of Mrs. Walker’s original stories, including delightful tales about some of the eccentricities of the summer residents as well as up-to-date information on many of the elegant summer homes.
A lavishly illustrated and deliciously anecdotal tour of St Andrews, Summers in St. Andrews invites readers to share the excitement of summer in this remarkable town. As Mrs. Walker wrote, "The Blockhouse was still there. The Greenock Church steeple and the tall water tower of the Algonquin still stood above the town. Another summer had begun."
About the Author
Willa Walker spent summers in St. Andrews with her parents and grandmother, sharing in the leisured life she describes in Summers in St. Andrews. Born and educated in Montreal, she also studied in Paris, and later became private secretary to Lady Marlar, wife of the Canadian Ambassador in Washington. She served as a Wing Officer of the Royal Canadian Air Force in World War II, with command of 17,000 women, and received the MBE in recognition of this service. In 1948, she moved to St. Andrews with her husband, novelist David Walker, where she raised her four sons, several of whom collaborated in updating this new edition. Mrs. Walker previously researched historic homes for the St. Andrews Civic Trust. She is the former chairman of the board of the Charlotte County Archives and has served on the board of the Charlotte County Museum.
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- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Goose Lane Editions (June 30, 2006)
- ISBN-10: 0864924569
- ISBN-13: 978-0864924568
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