No Hay Fever and a Railway: Summers in St. Andrews by Willa Walker

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No Hay Fever and a Railway: Summers in St. Andrews, Canada's First Seaside Resort by Willa Walker

oblong, 4to. pp. 176. maps & b/w illustrations. index. hardcover cloth. dw. (fine condition). [Fredericton]: Goose Lane Editions, [1989].

Signed by Willa Walker on half-title page.

ISBN-10: 0864920962 / ISBN-13: 9780864920966


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.

This 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.