- Lauren Eyre
- July 20, 2013 - 12:29
Just reading this now as was looking to come back to stay at Stanhope Beach Inn. My parents took me there when I was about 13 or 14 years old and it was one of my fondest vacation memories from when I was a child. I loved the dining room and the old porches and rugs and games room, etc. The family that owned the place had children there that I played with. Such fun. I hope you will rebuild and then I can fulfill a dream to return .... I am 58 years old now. All my very best wishes for the family and so sorry about this tremendous loss...
- Carole Trainor
- May 17, 2013 - 16:36
Sad to hear this. I worked at the old Stanhope Beach Lodge in 1974 and 1975. It was a dream job, for a teenager, living in staff quarters on the beach while we worked to serve tourists from all over the world. I have such fond memories of the place: the old painted floors and the huge kitchen with its deep sinks. Gerald Auld was owner and treated us like family. The memories are still sweet. Long live the ghosts of the old Stanhope Beach Lodge!
- John Williams
- May 11, 2013 - 03:25
Oh what a sad sight. Nearly 35 yrs ago my grandmother (Angie Arsenault of Charlottetown) gave us the gift of our honeymoon stay here. We arrived in the wee hours (ahead of our scheduled arrival time) from Ontario. When staff arrived for work that morning they found us sleeping in our car. Our room was not yet ready, but they managed to find us a room in the orginal lodge section where we both passed-out on an old feather matress bed. I will never forget the comfort of it. I will always remember the lodge sitiing perched on the bluff above Covehead. Very glad no one was hurt. The terrible wind did not seem to help with the firefighters efforts to save the structure.
- harry toombs
- April 26, 2013 - 09:13
My own opinion!! That is an odd name for someone to be called! OH no that isn't your real name, you are one of those that comment under a false name!! I stand by what I wrote and whether you can handle that is totally up to you!! What I stated was my OPINION just like you stated yours!! However I have no problem using my real name!!
- April 26, 2013 - 05:50
I remember the Stanhope beach inn in its earlier years, when the stair well was painted with horse, carriages and ladies in fancy dress and hats, what a shame to see this type of art gone as well as a great attraction for tourist and islanders alike, . Canada day celebrations, held on the front lawn, lovely place to lunch with a delightful to wander about a remember your childhood. my aunt and uncle from Montreal use to spend the summer holidays there and I then got to visit the inn with my cousin . the buiding as it stood was much larger and a great addition to the Stanhope business community to the Murphys for your fire and business loss you have been doing a great job .,
- April 24, 2013 - 22:44
We will miss the Old Resort. We had our wedding weekend there last July and everything was perfect. I sure hope the Murphy Family rebuilds the resort as we have planned to go back for our future anniversaries. On another note I remember going there as a child to eat "all you can eat Lobster for $9.99" The resort will always have a special place in my heart and now my wife's too!!
- Charlottetown Firefighter Retired
- April 24, 2013 - 14:10
I have lived a life time in fact helping people, responding as a Professional Firefighter/as well as a Level 2 Arson Investigator to others in need of help , In fact I am a third generation Firefighter in my Family,my Son is now a Firefighter, a fourth generation Firefighter, You will never know the feeling of Looking up at a young girl watching me administer CPR on her father and knowing I cant save him is educational, what do I tell her... I know I have been there! Glancing over my shoulder as a family watches the home in which they lived in for a life time being errased from them is something no other can realize, I do I have been there... Responding on a Fire truck to an emergency not knowing what is at the other end for us is something you would not ever understand unless you were in my boots. I do know I am still there! On call and paged out leaving your family and kids at home not ever knowing if you will return safe to them again, you have no idea what kind of person I really am. I would like you to know one day...so your harsh comments have no substance..
- April 24, 2013 - 10:56
it breaks my heart seeing a beautiful/historic building go up in flames, i seen the smoke in the distance as i was driving in Charlottetown, i didn't know where it was at the time, till I was informed it was the resort, only been there a couple times in my life, and all i can say is wow :( my prayers go out to the workers whom worked there, the owners, and also thank you to the brave firefighters who did there duty and worked hard to try and save this property, so glad that nobody was hurt, and as for the other comments ive seen you all should be ashamed of yourself for saying what you did, goes to show your really not a true Islander
- April 24, 2013 - 10:11
Sorry to hear of this sad news, to watch something burn before you that has been around since the 1700,s is very sad. We have so much history on this little Island and such a large part left us yesterday. Sad day for the Murphy's, employee's, our tourism industry and the Island. Thanks goodness no one was hurt.
- April 24, 2013 - 09:56
A lovely looking property. A great loss to the owners, the staff, and the community. When tourists visit a place like this they usually also frequent stores and restaurants in the area. A couple of years ago the very same thing happened to the "White Point Beach Lodge" on the south coast of Nova Scotia. Former guests of the place are just awaiting for the rebuild to be completed so that they can frequent the place once again. We can wish this for the Stanhope Inn also. Criticizing the Murphys is just so small and petty and it says more about those criticizing them than it does about the Murphys. This is neither the time nor place for such meaningless drivel. But, we all know folks like this. If they didn't criicize there would be nothing but silence.
- April 24, 2013 - 12:45
I agree Gordon. I am wondering if they respond in such a negative way to get attention. I fell for it. dang.
- April 24, 2013 - 09:46
Ok..just read these comments. To everyone on here that has any (And I mean ANY class), shame on you using a negative tone towards this article. No one cares what you think about the Murphys, or how little you get paid. This is about a building that has been accommodating guests to our island since 1800! So stop ur petti personal issue, and go complain to your family members, at least they may actually want to hear what you have to say negative about a fire that destroyed a landmark and nearly 100 jobs this summer. Go post ur "DOWN WITH THE MAN" comments on twitter or in your diary... not here.
- April 24, 2013 - 10:00
- April 24, 2013 - 09:31
I was so sorry to hear this Beautiful Historic Resort was lost. Hats Off to all our Courageous Fire Fighters. God Bless them. My thoughts are with the Murphy Family and the Stanhope Resort Staff. Thankfully there were no fatalities or serious injuries.
- TRIPLE M COTTAGES
- April 24, 2013 - 09:21
To Danny Murphy : As a life long summer resident (40 plus years) and a neighbour to what once was the Stanhope Beach Lodge, my family and I are so very sad over your (our) loss.We were over joyed when you purchased the Lodge, renovated and brought life back into out litte corner of heaven. If there is any positive in all of this it's the fact no one was seriously hurt or worse.Perhaps down the road,you'd consider rebuilding.Danny you' ve got broad shoulders,hang in there. As a foot note ... the little people who hide behind anonymity and criticize our volunteer firemen and women should sit down face to face with your neighbourhood Firechief and members and have the balls to say to them in person what you say online.
- Touched by the site
- April 24, 2013 - 09:10
Regardless of who the owner is or how the fire started, or the Noroviris outbreak last year, I worked at this beautiful property and it is a great loss historically and has caused a lot of heartache for all employees, guests,the community and yes for Danny and Marty who enjoyed it and added a touch of class to the site .
- main lander
- April 24, 2013 - 08:39
what a beautiful property with an interesting history, now gone, so sorry to hear that. And Nova Scotia is in the mist of an issue with bullying. Some adults on here are guilty of being bullies too. shame on you. grow up and think about what you say and who you criticize. Would you say those kind of things to the person's face? Really disgusted with some of these comments, and I would tell that to your face.
- Shane Turner
- April 24, 2013 - 09:37
This is a tragic event, to lose this historic faciliy is a loss to PEI, not just Danny and Marty Murphy. Thankfully no one was injured. The Murphy's, all the boys and their sister, from modest begginings have built themselves large business holdings through smarts, hard work and good business acumen. Anyone else could have tried, many have and many have not but, they have and they have succeeded. Personally, I respect that. In regards to firefighters, my grandfather (35 years) and my father (25 years) were firefighters who regularly fought fires, put themselves in peril to help others. Back in those days the pay was an honorarium and a pittance, they were not doing it for the money (obviously) but as a service to the community. I find it disrespectful of others to condemn good people who constantly do their best for the good of others. That does not play well.
- just my opinion
- April 24, 2013 - 08:38
While it is sad that the Island lost such an Historic site, it is great that no lives were lost, and hats off to our wonderful volunteer fire fighters. However, after reading the comments on here, all I can is wow. While I feel sorry for the staff that may either have to look for work elsewhere or will be delayed in getting back to work,but I do not have sympathy for the Murphys, No that does mean I am a hater, but the fact is, Mr. Murphy is a business man. He will have had the place insured, will rebuild and start a new. As someone else stated, you would be surprised by what the gentleman owns. Also a fact that the man pays his staff at other locations very little. This fire is in fact just an inconvenience more then anything. And while it will be some loss in income, for a period of time, the place will have been insured. The biggest lost is the fact that is was a historical site. And again, thank goodness no one lost their life over it. As for the comments about Islanders gawking at it, I would bet that a fire of this size, and of such an Historical site, would cause "gawkers" no matter where the fire was located - do you really not think that there were no people watching the fire in Texas recently, give your head a shake and think about your comment before you start criticizing others.
- harry toombs
- April 24, 2013 - 10:14
In one breath you tell people to think before criticizing others but just before that you state you have no sympathy for the Murphy's!! Danny took that place, restored it, employed a good sized staff, Yet you basically try to say is that he doesn't care and that his insurance will take care of everything!! HOW hypercritical of You!! You share no sympathy just incredible Jealousy of Danny!!
- April 24, 2013 - 13:41
Just my opinion: You and the other jealous Murphy (or anyone else successful) haters are an embarrassment to our usual supportive Island way. The Murphy's put their heart and soul in to the Stanhope Beach Resort and while a small part of their loss is business related, the loss they are experiencing today is hugely personal. How does the salary of DP Murphy's staff fit in to this tragedy? Do you hate on all business owners that pay minimum wage? Wages in Canada are regulated for a reason. Entry level jobs are generally paid an entry level salary. How is it your place to judge wages being paid to employees when the provincial government sets the rates? I find it amusing that most of the negative comments on the guardian website are written anonymously. Don't be such cowards...if you are going say rude and accusatory things, at least stand behind your opinions...
- Margaret LePage
- April 24, 2013 - 21:50
THIS FIRE SADDENED ME. I HAVE FOND MEMORIES OF WORKING AS A WAITRESS FOR 3 SUMMERS IN THE /50'S. I DID HAVE THE PLEASURE OF A MEAL THERE WHEN HOME A FEW SUMMERS AGO. INDEED A PIECE OF ISLAND HISTORY IS GONE.
- just my opinin
- April 24, 2013 - 23:52
To Harry Tombs and AmyP - wow, you took one part, just one part of my comment and twisted it around.. That actually says more about you then me! I did not say he didn't care, but the fact of the matter is, he is a business man, give your head shake. AmyP-as far as your comment about wages, while gov. may set rates, that is a base rate, employers can pay their staff more if they choose! And who am I to judge, because I have worked for the man, at several locations, and so has my child! Again though, you took one part of my comment and focused on nothing else I said....and just because people have opinions about the Murphy's doesn't make them nasty or wrong, just means they have an opinion, and out of all of those that I read and posted, everyone (mostly) thanked the fire fighters, was thankful no one was hurt and are saddened by the loss of such a Historical site, so get over yourselves. As for being an embarrassments to our usual supportive Island way, give your head a shake, just because someone is not support something in the way that you feel they should, doesn't make them wrong. It's called free speech, and personal opinions. Comments and narrow minded thinking that everyone should feel the same as you is the actually embarrassment to our Island way.
- Olive Bryanton
- April 24, 2013 - 07:56
Such a tragic event - a great loss to Stanhope, PEI, Staff and Owners. Danny and Marty I am sorry for you loss and I hope you will be able to rebuild. Keep up the great work. I hope the staff will find other employment for the season - you were so thoughtful to try to save some of the valuables in the building. Thanks to the volunteer firefighters there was not more property lost - a hard battle against such a wind.
- Hunter River
- April 24, 2013 - 07:53
I'd like to make a few comments here. Firstly, I'm glad no one was hurt or killed. Secondly, I'm not a fire-fighter. My age and health won't allow it. I was at one time though, and here, I speak from experience.... Fire waits for no-one! Just the fact that the RCMP had to ask people to stay away because they were slowing down the various fire departments should tell people something. Anyone, and I mean ANYONE who criticizes fire-fighters should try walking in their (the fire-fighter's) shoes for a few "incidents" ... THEN express your opinions. As for the comments about Foundation Savers.... well... at least Volunteer Fire-Fighters try a lot harder and risk a lot more than these "arm-chair firefifgters" My sincerest compliments and thanks, to ALL fire-fighters, volunteer as well as professional.
- dave warren
- April 24, 2013 - 07:52
this is a tragedy in so many ways,to start with ,the island has lost yet more of our heritage ,,100 seasonal people lost their employment ,and the economic losses that the visitors and guests of this lodge would have brought to the island.,On a positive note we are fortunate to have our VOLUNTEER fire departments ,these people risk their lives to help other islanders ,not only in fires but many other emergency situations ,and community events,,HATS OFF to all VOLUNTEER fire fighters ,to those who have only negative comments ,you would be well suited to keep them to your selves ,during these times when people are suffering a loss.
- April 24, 2013 - 07:20
Fire is one of those two sided elements it can be our friend but boy can it also be our enemy.Both of my brothers lost barns to fire it is a devastating thing if you don't have insurance make sure your insurance coverage is uptodate.These were beautiful old structures with such history. I remember going to the "All you can eat Lobster buffett in the 80's, I hope they can rebuild quickly so they don't lose too much of the season.
- Lori Campbell
- April 24, 2013 - 07:17
Regardless of who owned the building its a great loss to the Province of PEI. We are just so lucky that no one was harmed in this tragic event. My thought s and prayers go out to the Murphy group and hope in time they will rebuild.
- April 24, 2013 - 07:02
This is so sad. Thank you to our first responders for all you do. I'm so glad no one was hurt. Thoughts and prayers to all involved, especially those who no longer have a job to go to this summer. God knows finding work on PEI is hard enough without stuff like this happening.
- April 24, 2013 - 06:58
Stayed there a few times what a beautiful place it was,glad I had the experince.A shame these old building go up like a match stick,so sorry for your losses Mr Murphy.
- April 24, 2013 - 06:38
PIET HEIN. sorry to tell you but i know Danny and he is a fine man and has done good.but i know of other older buildings that had to have a system put in. so you are wrong about me hatting Danny.
- harry toombs
- April 24, 2013 - 06:19
Those who call Firefighters ( foundation savers) should walk in a pair of Firefighter's boots and just see how hard of work it is fighting a major fire! I have been there ( 17 years) and believe me it is very hard work but FIREFIGHTER's are all the same, they try their up most to save lives and property!1 THOSE THAT KNOCK THESE MEN AND WOMEN ARE JUST PLAIN OUT AND OUT IDIOTS!!
- April 24, 2013 - 06:05
To those who have nothing better to do than criticize,whine about & politize everything under the sun: Learn to keep your mouths shut;then people will only have to hate you for the way you look!
- Wayne Larter
- April 24, 2013 - 05:26
So sad to see this beautiful historic building gone.As a kid we spent a lot of the summer in Stanhope and have fond memories of this area. My sympathies to the Murphy's, who tried their best to keep it going.
- So Sad It Is Gone
- April 24, 2013 - 05:09
It is a sad chapter in History, that Stanhope Beach Resort is now gone. What a loss for Owners and Community At Large. Kudos to the great Teamwork from Firefighters of North Shore, East River, North River and more. The efforts put forth to save these Buildings despite the winds, is commendable to say the least and I am sure many Firefighters are exhausted after this ordeal. Bless you all and no lives lost.
- Linda Wainwright
- April 24, 2013 - 02:17
The loss of this beautiful historical property is nothing short of a tragedy. My heart is heavy, and I don't even have any ties to it. I feel pride and admiration, however, for the hard work done by all those firefighters. Thank you all for a job well done! I know you all did your very best. In the midst of all this, though, I am literally sickened and embarrassed to be an islander by the number of hateful, ugly and completely thoughtless comments left here. We are a community and as such should join together in showing compassion and encouragement for those who have lost anything, never mind something as precious as this beautiful heritage building. You all should be ashamed. I am so terribly sorry for the Murphy families' loss. This is a part of our history that is lost forever. My sincere condolences.
- April 23, 2013 - 23:10
Stanhope Beach Resort didn't have sprinkler system. Didn't require it. why and how did they get away from installing a system? other places have needed to spend the money.
- Piet Hein
- April 23, 2013 - 23:39
Don, I know your game. You are a Murphy hater and will do anything to slag them. They did not need a sprinkler system because it was a heritage building. That is what the fire regulations say. If you check you will find that many buildings like this do not need to have sprinklers.
- johnny come lately
- April 24, 2013 - 04:27
I would say that it is a PEI regulation (not requiring heritage buildings to have sprinklers). I visited a resort in the White Mountains of New Hampshire over the winter - easily just as old as Stanhope, if not older, and they had a sprinkler system retrofitted (tastefully) into the building. Ditto for a B&B in Massachusetts that I visited on this trip. Both were a dry sprinkler system. I think that this is something PEI should require of all accommodation facilities. People's lives are valuable, not to mention property.
- Former employee
- April 23, 2013 - 23:05
Sad to see such a historic landmark leave us like this. Luckily, no one was hurt. To answer someone's inquiry, there was a Norwalk virus outbreak last season at the property.
- April 23, 2013 - 22:48
FRIEND OF FIRE FIGHTERS. i agree with you. if this person you are talking about is so smart then let them become a firefighter. and DAN. if not for Danny the rest of his family would be on welfare. you might be surprised as to what Danny really owns.
- DON is an Idiot
- April 24, 2013 - 08:37
Are you serious? That is one of the most outlandish comments I have ever heard in my life. The Murphy family has done well for themselves through hard work and dedication. They have given back to the province of Prince Edward Island in so many ways.
- GET OUT
- April 23, 2013 - 22:18
By trying to save material goods the staff may have jeopardized their own lives as well as the fire fighters lives. I am sure they thought it was a good idea at the time but,... Material art and such can be replaced. Lives cannot be. Lives first.
- VOLUNTEER FIRE FIGHTER
- April 23, 2013 - 22:17
When people call us foundation savers, they should try it and see how it feels to watch someones dreams go up in smoke. Unless you can don the suit and helmet ; put yourself at the mercy of every element nature can throw at you; than do not dare criticize those who give of themselves to try and protect what is so precious. Thanks to all the volunteer firefighters; you all deserve praise.
- April 24, 2013 - 00:08
the people who say that would be the first to say thank you if it happened to them and they lost everything, there are certain people i don't call them Islanders because they think you should have been there before it started.i just want to say awesome job you people tried and were proud keep doing what you do everyone
- April 24, 2013 - 08:34
I am disgusted with many of the comments posted and in particular those poking fun at the serious business conducted by volunteer firefighters. Not only do they risk their safety to protect what people work for and dream about but they were also trying to protect property around the buildings engulfed in flames. Mr. Volunteer firefighter you definitely deserve our thanks!
- Chris Spenceley
- April 23, 2013 - 22:01
Sad to see such an historic and iconic property burn to the ground. I hope the Murphys will rebuild, but please follow the old lodge style and not the modern hotel look.
- Liz DesRoches
- April 23, 2013 - 21:52
Such a sad thing to happen.Thinking of Owner and staff that were preparing to go back to work at the beginning of May.My thoughts are with you.I am a seasonal worker in Borden and feel for you all.
- April 23, 2013 - 21:37
I used to work at this resort,,, I cant say it is sad to see it completely destroyed. I seen it first hand almost go up in flames previously to this on more then one occasion. Guests or staff would carelessly flick lit cigarettes onto the grounds. Surrounding the main building was decorative bark mulch and on warm days it would light up very easily. Its not said what caused this fire,, but this is my first guess... if it was not electrical. If it was a cigarette.... let this be a lesson to all, BE CAREFUL!!! Remove that bark mutch away from your house!
- Errol Monkley
- April 23, 2013 - 21:32
As sad as the occasion is, these are great pictures by Brian McInnis.
- Joan Bruce-Nibogie
- April 23, 2013 - 21:20
Saddened to see/hear of this terrible fire destroying this lovely old Inn and trust the staff and firefighters are all safe & sound. I have wonderful memories of my teen years as a server from Ontario back there in 1964 and '65 and maintain close ties with my special Island friends from 'back in the day'. I've returned a few times over the years to pay nostalgic visits.
- Friend of fire fighters
- April 23, 2013 - 22:00
I was reading earlier on one of the articles of this terrible fire at the resort. One person commented as the fire fighters are basically foundation savers.... I really think they should think about what they put on here. Some day they may need some "foundation savers" to come and drag their a$$ out of a burning building. Some of these wonderful people live a distance from their fire halls. They have to travel to get their then the travel time to the fire or accidents. We all should be thankful because almost all of our fire fighters are volunteer men and woman that do this job because the love of doing good deeds for their fellow islanders. Be thankful there are people out there willing to do these jobs, because we could be trying to fight fire ourselves if we didn't have all these amazing volunteers. Enough said...
- April 23, 2013 - 20:59
What an embarrassment some Islanders. A terrible incident like this and they are so petty and small as to only bring politics and their sad little Murphy prejudice into it. Pray your homes or belongs are never destroyed by fire. You should all be ashamed.
- Linda Macintyre
- April 23, 2013 - 20:58
i can't believe how mean some people are....the main thing here is no one was hurt or killed!!
- the rock
- April 23, 2013 - 20:42
your comment is very inappropriate. these fire fighters work in the worst situations and conditions, a building can be replaced, a life can not, shame on you for you being so narrow minded.
- April 23, 2013 - 20:23
Pretty windy wha
- Linda Redmond
- April 23, 2013 - 19:48
No need to attack people when something like this happens people's jobs are lost , glad no one hurt. Thanks to Firefighters
- get out
- April 23, 2013 - 19:32
I think the fire inspector needs to reinforce GET OUT instead of risking lives saving material objects.
- Piet Hein
- April 23, 2013 - 23:43
Get out, I was there and when the furnishing were being salvaged the fire was at the other end of the building and there was no danger. By the way, would you not try to save as much of your possessions as you could if your building was on fire - if you ever had a building.
- April 23, 2013 - 19:32
Too bad to see it go! Rebuild Danny! BTW, what does Norovirus sickness have to do with this event.
- Judy Read Guernsey
- April 23, 2013 - 18:52
what a sad sight!
- Judy Read Guernsey
- April 23, 2013 - 18:36
How sad! Our extended family have many fond memories of the Stanhope Beach Resort.. beginning with my grandmother who used to vacation there back in the early 1900's.. my sympathies to the Murphys who must be devastated.
- April 23, 2013 - 17:19
My prayers for all firefighters and emergency personnel to return home safely tonight. God bless!
- April 23, 2013 - 16:57
Typical Islanders. So busy gawking that they can't get out of the way for emergency crews.
- April 23, 2013 - 16:44
Is Danny an owner? I thought it was his cousins that owned this as well as the Inns On Great George. Does anyone know?
- Sad News
- April 23, 2013 - 16:24
This is a tragic event. Happy to hear that all staff made it outside safely.
- too bad
- April 23, 2013 - 16:08
Were there sprinkler systems? Its too bad and especially scary had there been guests there.
- good laugh
- April 23, 2013 - 21:09
And chimney can't forget the chimney
- April 24, 2013 - 07:19
Maybe then we should keep the firefighters that move away buy more firetrucks. Come on it was a four building fire with 5 stations (or by media only chtown 2 and water tanks). Maybe we should actually pay firefighters more. And Murphy doesn't build this site will go to waste cuz he buys promising places won't put the time into actually spending money to build. all in all there has been one office building to the burned to the ground an abandoned house now 4 buildings in less then 3 hours we need something better then what we have
- April 23, 2013 - 15:59
Typical Islanders. So busy gawking that they can't get out of the way for emergency crews.
- Tina Lambie
- May 29, 2013 - 19:32
My Husband sent me a link to the fire blazing at Stanhope Resort today while I was at work. I was so shocked by what I saw and very saddened to see this beautiful place gone. Every time we visit family in Nova Scotia, we save up most of our time to stay here. We just loved this beautiful peaceful place to relax, read a book and just roam around looking at all the Antiques in the resort. My Hubby golfed and i would site by the water reading my book in peace and quiet, with the cranes in the water near by. The staff were always wonderful to us, the food was fantastic, have nothing bad to say about this wonderful place. I know you will never get back what was there but I do hope that you re-build a new place for people like us out in Calgary, so that we may once again return to stay in what we call "our little piece of heaven". So very sorry for all the staff who will now be out of work, the owners who were looking forward to a great summer with many ,many tourists, many I am sure who have been there before. Our hearts go out to all of you with this terrible fire and loss of a beautiful historic place that has now gone