About Corke Point

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1947

Howard Corke (Grandfather of current owners), and two others shared a 99-year lease of Lot 58 at 165 Hastings Drive, Long Point where a cottage was initially used as a base to go duck hunting (prior to Howard being married).

1947-1954

After several years the other two leasees transferred their part of the lease to Howard Corke. Howard became the sole leaser.

 

1955

After Hurricane Hazel, Howard and his brother Ed were allowed to purchase lot 58 at 165 Hastings Drive, conditional on rebuilding a cottage. 

1959

Howard & Ed obtained a building permit from the local South Willingham inspector Mr. Pete Overbaugh, to build a 1-story cottage on 165 Hastings Drive Lot 58. The two families enjoyed building and multi-family recreational use of the cottage/property for several years, while occasionally renting it out to help cover costs.

1960

During this time period we gained a neighbour directly west, at 167 Hastings Drive (Lot 59), who built a small cottage. Only a few feet separated the two cottages.

Mid 1970‘s

Timber piling shoreline protection installed.

1976

Howard purchased the neighbour’s cottage at 167 Hastings Drive Lot 59.

 

1980

Ed sold his portion of the cottage property at 165 Hastings Drive Lot 58 to his brother Howard. Howard obtained a permit from the Haldimand-Norfolk Regional Health Unit to replace the cottage septic system with a 2,000 gallon Class 2-6 Sewage Holding Tank. This was a requirement by the County due to high water.

Early 1980’s

Break-wall of large rocks was installed for shoreline protection between the lake and the cottage.

 

1985

After the passing of Norfolk Zoning By-Law 1-NO-85, which took away the right for cottages to be rebuilt.  A severe storm damaged the cottage, and soon after a fire mysteriously burnt down the damaged cottage. Burn marks can still be seen on some of the original footings.  Family members continued to use the property for  recreational use (camping & trailers), with an intention always to rebuild the family cottage to the old footprint one day, when the County finally lifted the "no-rebuild" policy.

2012 to Present

Howard and Mary Corke's grandchildren made several improvements to the property including a change house, pavilion, dock and shoreline protection repair. 

The family cottage’s original footings, large cement fireplace/chimney base, Holding Tank and shoreline protection remain to this day.

 

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