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This article first appeared in the June 22, 2016 issue of the The Low Down to Hull and Back News.External Link Reprinted with permission. Search complete list of Low Down Articles.

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Missed the tour? Farm Point flashback

It had a diner that was straight out of the TV show 'Happy Days' and a makeshift baseball field made from sawdust - we're talking about Farm Point, a community that's somewhat quieter now than it used to be. Lifelong Farm Point resident Claude Gervais remembers playing ball at the disused sawmill: "You could slide and you never got hurt." He recalls hanging out at the diner as a teenager. "There's so much of a history in Farm Point," said the former Chelsea councillor. "It used to be a sawmill town."

In celebration of St. Clément's Catholic Church's 100th anniversary, Gervais organized a Farm Point walking tour June 18 to guide people through the often-unknown history of this once bustling little village. With three sawmills, a toy factory, regular ferries across the river, and a 100-room hotel, the sleepy community was once bustling with commerce. Gervais says the closing of the Alcan brucite plant (now known as Morrison's Quarry) had a dramatic effect on the village. "Every father in Farm Point was working there," he said, recalling the day the quarry closed down: "It was March 31, 1968."

Since most of you couldn't make the tour, the Low Down put together a sample of the highlights. Photos and map courtesy the Gatineau Valley Historical Society.

Farm Point flashback