Industries and businesses

Barlow’s Mills

  • Founded in 1859 by John Barlow, native of Millingham, England;
  • By 1877, the operation included grist, shingle, lath, carding, cloth dying, and dressing mills;
  • Son William and grandsons Samuel and Bruce ran the mills until 1916 when they were sold to the Wellington Milling Co.;
  • Bought in 1937 by Samuel Barlow, and his two sons, Howard and Jack;
  • Operated by Jack Barlow until closed in 1965; and
  • Mill property sold to the Community of Wellington; present site of Old Mills Park.


Barlows Mills in 1909

Barlow’s Mills in 1937 (with rink in the background)

(from a painting by Bernice Reid)


Prince Edward Island Railway

  • Railway reached Wellington in 1874; station built in 1875;
  • Station agents: Joseph E. Arsenault (1875-1913); J. Cyril Gallant (1913-1953); Carroll Delaney (1953-1958); Lowell Barlow (1958-1971);
  • Station demolished in 1973; and
  • Last train passed through Wellington in the fall of 1988: engine, one freight car, and the caboose.



Station and Railyard in 1909



The Same Location in 2017


Poirier Hotel / Richard Inn

  • Originally a house designed and built by Dr. André Gallant;
  • Bought in 1900 by Fidèle T. Poirier of Urbainville and operated as a hotel by his family until 1926;
  • Had a stable of several horses used to drive travellers to outlying settlements;
  • Hotel operated in partnership by F.T. Poirier and C.F. Gallant from 1926 to 1931;
  • Bought by Faustin and Anita Richard, who operated the Richard Inn until 1969 when it was sold to Ferdinand Gallant for use as a house; and
  • Damaged by fire in 1971 and demolished in 1973.



Poirier Hotel in the 1920s


Arsenault &Gaudet

  • Store built in 1900 by Joseph-Félix Arsenault, son of Joseph-Octave Arsenault;
  • Bought by Arsenault &Gaudet,company founded in 1906 by partners Fidèle T. Arsenault and Emmanuel F. Gaudet;
  • Installed its own Delco electric light plant in 1918;
  • Edmund F. Arsenault, son of F.T., succeeded his father as company president and continued in that role until his death in 1968;
  • Edmund’s sons, Euclide and Cédric, succeeded him, with Euclide serving as General Manager after his father’s death; and
  • Arsenault &Gaudet closed in 1972 and the building was demolished in 1980.



Perhaps the official opening of Arsenault &Gaudet in 1906

with the Wellington Cornet Band


Wellington Coop

  • Wellington Cooperative Association opened for business in 1937 with Cyrus F. Gallant as its first General Manager;
  • The store burned to the ground in the February 1958 fire and was replaced by the former Urbainville school;
  • The new General Manager, Yvonne Arsenault, served in the position from 1958 to 1979 and oversaw the construction of a new store in 1964 and a major expansion in 1971; during most of her term, she held the distinction of being the only woman manager of a retail cooperative in Canada;
  • Ernest Arsenault served as General Manager from 1979 until his retirement in 2007 and held this position when the Coop moved to Place du Village in 1990;
  • Rick Arsenault succeeded Ernest and is the current General Manager.

Wellington Coop (1937-1958)

Wellington Coop (1990 to present)


Évangéline-Central Credit Union

  • First organized by Cyrus F. Gallant in 1937;
  • Wellington-Richmond, Egmont Bay, and Mont-Carmel credit unions amalgamated in 1970 with Léonce Bernard as first General Manager, serving in that capacity until 1986;
  • Paul Richard served as General Manager from 1986 to 1996;
  • The present Évangéline-Central main branchopened in 1971; the building was expanded several times over the years; the last major expansion took place in 1984;
  • The Tyne Valley branch opened in 1996;
  • Central Credit Union (O’Leary) amalgamated with Évangéline in 2012;
  • The full-service banking establishment has 9,000 members, total assets of $146 million, and 36 employees; and
  • Alfred Arsenault has served as Chief Executive Officer since 1996.

Caisse populaire ÉvangélineCredit Union in 1971

Évangéline-Central Credit Union in 2017

Service Stations

  • The first service station, an agency for the White Rose Oil Company, was operated by Arsenault &Gaudet across the street from its store at the corner of Mill Road and Riverside Drive; it later changed to Irving Oil;
  • Henry’s Garage, owned and operated by Henry (Émile) Arsenault in the 1950s, was located beside the Ellis River on the property now owned by Alyre(José) Arsenault; the building was converted into a house, currently owned by Pierre Arsenault;
  • In 1957, Edward (José) Arsenault built a two-bay garage on Sunset Drive near the present Wellington Service Station; the building was destroyed by fire in 1959 and reopened in 1960 as Wellington Sales and Service, including an International Harvester dealership;
  • Brothers Frank and Ivan (Arthur) Arsenault bought the Texaco Service Station in 1969;
  • Donnie Arsenault operated the Wellington Irving with his father, Clifford, beginning in 1982; and
  • In 1991, Donnie and his wife, Christine, bought the Texaco outlet; in 2003, they opened the Wellington Esso and Convenience Store, including theBakin’ Donuts outlet, and added a car wash in 2015; their businesses also include the next-door Wellington Service Station and D.A. Auto Sales.



Wellington Texaco Service Station in the 1950s


Wellington Convenience Store and Esso Gas Bar in 2017


Place du Village


  • A project of the Commission Industrielle de la Baie-Acadienne;
  • Included land purchase by the provincial government for the construction of Pond and Commercial Streets;
  • Significant support for the project was provided by Hon. Léonce Bernard, MLA;
  • Designed by architect Michel (Euclide) Gallant of Urbainville; opened in 1988;
  • Major expansion took place in 1990 when the Wellington Coop was added; and
  • Place du Village expanded again in 2017 when the Coop obtained a license from the PEI Liquor Control Commission to sell alcoholic beverages.


Place du Village in 2017