Art Buckland

Art Buckland grew up on Sheek’s Island.





“In terms of the Seaway itself, we moved five times. We were renting. And each time they tore the house down behind us.

Because Hydro had bought the property and so on and they were getting ready. This was starting about, well, in the 50s.

I was actually away at college from about ’53 on and home only for the summers. And once, returning home, I couldn’t find my parents. I had to ask around where they had moved to.”






Art Buckland

Art Buckland grew up on Sheek’s Island.





“In terms of the Seaway itself, we moved five times. We were renting. And each time they tore the house down behind us.

Because Hydro had bought the property and so on and they were getting ready. This was starting about, well, in the 50s.

I was actually away at college from about ’53 on and home only for the summers. And once, returning home, I couldn’t find my parents. I had to ask around where they had moved to.”







Video Interview



Video Excerpt: Art Buckland, Lost Villages Historical Society Schoolhouse, Long Sault, Ontario. August 14, 2013

Video Interview



Video Excerpt: Art Buckland, Lost Villages Historical Society Schoolhouse, Long Sault, Ontario. August 14, 2013

Video Interview



Video Excerpt: Art Buckland, Lost Villages Historical Society Schoolhouse, Long Sault, Ontario. August 14, 2013

Video Interview



Video Excerpt: Art Buckland, Lost Villages Historical Society Schoolhouse, Long Sault, Ontario. August 14, 2013

Summary

In this video clip Art Buckland talks about how his family moved 5 times, each time having the house tore down behind them.

For many families the changes wrought on their communities did not happen all at once, but gradually. Some children shifted schools 2 or 3 times before moving into a new one in Ingleside of Long Sault. Others moved several times. During the period before the flood the landscape kept changing as buildings and every standing thing, natural or man-made was leveled.

Bio

Art Buckland grew up on Sheeks Island and his family moved several times before finding a permanent home. 

Art has a long and distinguished career of community service. He was a school trustee for over 40 years.

He resides in Martintown, Ontario. 

Summary

In this video clip Art Buckland talks about how his family moved 5 times, each time having the house tore down behind them.

For many families the changes wrought on their communities did not happen all at once, but gradually. Some children shifted schools 2 or 3 times before moving into a new one in Ingleside of Long Sault. Others moved several times. During the period before the flood the landscape kept changing as buildings and every standing thing, natural or man-made was leveled.

Bio

Art Buckland grew up on Sheeks Island and his family moved several times before finding a permanent home.

Art has a long and distinguished career of community service. He was a school trustee for over 40 years.

He resides in Martintown, Ontario. 



The Sunken Villages interviews give voice, sometimes for the first time, to the memories, emotions, experiences and reflections about what happened when the construction of the Seaway flooded the St Lawrence Valley. These first person accounts are reviving a history that has been officially ignored and largely forgotten.

July 1, 1958 is remembered as Inundation Day around Cornwall, Ontario and Massena, NY. At 08:00 a controlled explosion tore open a cofferdam. Four days later an area that had been home to 7,500 people disappeared under the waves of Lake St. Lawrence, part of the newly created St. Lawrence Seaway.

On the Canadian side, 12 communities, some dating back to the 1700s, were affected. Maple Grove, Mille Roches, Moulinette, Sheeks Island, Wales, Dickinson’s Landing, Farran’s Point and Aultsville were entirely destroyed. Iroquis was demolished and moved a mile to continue on in name. About half of Morrisburg – including its waterfront and most of its business district and main street – were levelled.

On the American side St Lawrence County in upstate New York was affected. Croil's Island, Louisville Landing, and Richards Landing ceased to exist, and parts of Waddington were dismantled.

The Sunken Villages interviews give voice, sometimes for the first time, to the memories, emotions, experiences and reflections about what happened when the construction of the Seaway flooded the St Lawrence Valley. These first person accounts are reviving a history that has been officially ignored and largely forgotten.

July 1, 1958 is remembered as Inundation Day around Cornwall, Ontario and Massena, NY. At 08:00 a controlled explosion tore open a cofferdam. Four days later an area that had been home to 7,500 people disappeared under the waves of Lake St. Lawrence, part of the newly created St. Lawrence Seaway.

On the Canadian side, 12 communities, some dating back to the 1700s, were affected. Maple Grove, Mille Roches, Moulinette, Sheeks Island, Wales, Dickinson’s Landing, Farran’s Point and Aultsville were entirely destroyed. Iroquis was demolished and moved a mile to continue on in name. About half of Morrisburg – including its waterfront and most of its business district and main street – were levelled.

On the American side St Lawrence County in upstate New York was affected. Croil's Island, Louisville Landing, and Richards Landing ceased to exist, and parts of Waddington were dismantled.