Following are photos of
[Also called "College" on later maps]

This photo (and the next several) show the "ruins" or remaining stonework foundations of what was once a thriving community 200 years ago.  Several of these homes were built and lived in by Drews.  This photo shows more of the typical Westmeath countryside in the background.  Besides general farming, the surrounding "peat bogs" provided a major industry in the area.  Men were hired to dig the peat from the upper layers of the earth... much like strip mining.  The peat would then be shipped away and sold for fuel... just like coal.

This 1971 photo shows Paddy and Anna Mary Drew, whom we calculate to be our fourth cousins.  At that time they were living on the farm that contained the ruins of the old Drew homestead; and were able to relate many tales and traditions about the old homestead and the history of that area of County Westmeath.  Note that we were there at the perfect time to see Anna Mary's beautiful flower gardens.  The farm and yard seen in the picture are just a few yards from "the ruins."

Another view of the ruins at Lakenstown.  One sees here how the roses and other flowers had grown up around all the old stone foundations and ruins.  The red ones are known as "wild Irish roses" and we were successful in bringing some back to the USA during our Sept. 2000 trip.  If they grow well in Indiana, we shall make them available to all the Drew descendants.  We will have to wait and see if they survive the harsh Indiana winters.

Another photo from our 1971 visit to the farm of Paddy and Anna Mary Drew.  Pictured left to right are Marilyn Drew with John M. Drew, age 4; Anna Mary, Paddy and Dan Drew.  Several buildings from the "village" of Lakenstown are seen in the background.

This photo of the ruins was taken as Marilyn Drew happened to be inspecting and gathering some of the gorgeous wild roses.  The famous "ROUND CORNER" is in the background left of center.  Unfortunately, these ruins, including the round corner, were bulldozed in 1998 to make way for "progress."

Marilyn Drew poses amidst the old stone foundations.  In her hand is a sample of the beautiful roses that grow up wild among the ruins.


This configuration of stone work, part of the Lakenstown ruins, plays an integral part of the tradition that the Drew families of that time were excellent stonemasons.  Paddy Drew, living on the property in 1971, asserted with certainty that all the stonework in those ruins was the work of Drews... including this "round corner" which Paddy said was famous throughout several counties.
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