THE LAST BLACKSMITH OF APPLE HILL: OLIVIER HAMELIN AND HIS SHOP

Author: Douglas A. Fales

Synopsis: Oliver Hamelin passed away in the last week of June 1984. He was 82, but had been active in the same smithy shop for 53 years. Oliver Hamelin was indeed the “last blacksmith of Apple Hill” in terms of an in-shop rural smith. It is unlikely another smith “cast in the same mold as Oliver” will ever claim this empty, dusty shop.

The Glengarry Historical Society of Glengarry County at Alexandria had the blacksmith shop moved to Dunvegan, where it became be an addition to the Glengarry Pioneer Museum. Oliver Hamelin would never have envisioned his shop’s becoming a tourist attraction and on museum grounds, but then again, he had instinctive regard for all his shop artifacts having a unique character.

Genre: Historic Non-fiction, Biography

Published in: 2009

No. of Pages: 82

ISBN: 9781896754758