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Nestled in a valley of orchards at the foot of Mount Pinnacle, Pike River runs through the midst of the small village of Frelighsburg, Quebec. That same river once supplied water power that some hoped would provide manufacturing and increase population in the area. I am sure none of the early settlers would imagine that now instead of “roughing it” dining tables that serve fine food and cheesecake are clustered on a terrasse that flanks the Pike River.
From the time of its early settlement in a town that was called “the last stop before the border into Vermont”, there were eight roads that met and centred in the village, and these roads in turn branched out into thirteen or fourteen roads. Everyone thought that the small hamlet was going to grow rapidly, but the village lots were rented out on long leases and annual rents rather than…
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