Wyatt Heritage properties built in 1867
Way Up West
by Jan Cox
This writer was given a tour of all three Wyatt Heritage Properties in Summerside recently. I was excited and inspired and thank Jean and Marlene for their patience and generosity in sharing their passion. Perhaps those properties will be the source of another article.
But for now, we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Wyatt Museum and the Lefurgey Cultural Centre, both built in 1867. Earlier this year, a call was put out to Summerside and area artists to create a work of art inspired by artifacts in the Wyatt/Lefurgey collections. Twenty local artists will have their work on display at an exhibition to be launched on International Museum Day, May 18, 2017. This exhibition promises to be amazing if the painting by Summerside artist, Gloria Sonier is any indication. Can you see the ghost in the painting?
Wanda Lefurgey Wyatt was born in Summerside in 1895. She lived her entire life in the family home, now the Wyatt Museum, until her death in 1998. Ms. Wyatt was a major benefactor of the arts and culture in Prince Edward Island. The Wyatt residence and the Lefurgey property are situated on Prince Street, at either end of a city block—bordered by Granville and Spring streets. The Wyatt house was a wedding present to Ms. Wyatt's mother, Cecilia Lefurgey, by her father. The Wyatt Museum is open all year, in the winter months by appointment only. The Museum is beautiful, brimming over with artifacts and memories from the Wyatt family’s time there. Ms. Wyatt’s sister Dorothy, passed away in 1958, they were very close. It’s extremely moving to go through the “girls’” bedrooms and living quarters—you would expect either Wanda or Dorothy to appear in a doorway at any moment.
The art exhibition, inspired by this home, will be on display until September 29, 2017. There is no fee to attend the exhibit. (If I had any artistic ability whatsoever, I would paint a picture of a beautiful blue corner chair that sits in Ms. Wyatt’s living room still). But I can only urge you, our readers to attend. There is so much more to experience at these two wonderful properties, visit city.summerside.pe.ca for all the details.