Thursday, July 2, 2015

Temperanceville Canada/Temperanceville USA & Chincoteague Island Ponies

Photo by Barry Wallace
Temperanceville United Church, Ontario, Canada
I was photographing some Muscovey Ducks on a pond in Temperanceville a couple of days ago and glanced over at the Temperanceville United Church, on the northeast corner of the King Road and Bathurst Street.   It occurred to me that I did not have a photograph of the church in my files and decided to remedy the situation.   I took a few pictures of the church plus some shots of a collection of tombstones gathered together in a tiny, fenced-in plot, on the perimeter of the church grounds.   Back home, I Googled Temperanceville and discovered that there was another Temperanceville which I have not previously known about.   The other Temperanceville (pop. 358) is in Virginia, U.S.A., just a few miles from Chincoteague Island and the famous Chincoteague Ponies which run wild along the Atlantic shoreline and once a year are rounded up, made to swim over to the mainland (see photo below) and sold at a charity auction to raise funds for the Chincoteague Fire Department's equipment needs.   Only healthy and inspected ponies are allowed to make the swim.   Both of the Ontario and Virginia Temperanceville hamlets originated around the same time from the same brotherhood of alcohol abstainers back in the second half of the 1800s.   The Ontario Temperanceville was originally called Love's Corner, while the Virginia Temperanceville was first called White's Crossroads.   One significant difference between the two Temperancevilles was that the original landowners in Virginia owned many slaves to work their large plantations.   Other than their shared name, I'm not aware of any other connections between the two crossroads hamlets. It's just a bit of a coincidence, stumbled upon. 

Photo by Chris Detrick / Baltimore Sun
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Barry Wallace

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