Below is A.E. Jones writing about St. Ignace ll as recorded in the AARO of 1902.
He later changed his mind in support of the National Historic site off of
Rosemount Rd. - Tay township.
Efforts were made to construct the Martyrs' Shrine on this site known as Martyrs'Hill and then abandoned when Jones changed his mind.
IDENTIFICATION OF THE SITE OF ST. IGNACE II. To answer off-hand, in a word or two, the question: "What makes you so sure that you have found the site of St. Ignace II. ? " is no easy matter. To satisfy fully those of an enquiring turn of mind, I must proceed with method, and, in answer to the question, formulate a thesis which I hope to make clear and acceptable : East half lot 4, concession VII., Tay township, is absolutely the only spot, 1. Where the configuration of the ground tallies perfectly with the description of St. Ignace II., given in the Relations and in Bressani, 2. Which at the same time lies at the proper distance, and 3. In the right direction from Ste. Marie I. (The Old Fort). 19O2 ARCHAEOLOGICAL REPORT. 93
What does the following statement of Bressani mean when he references St Ignace
as the "first village"
BRESSANI. " So stealthily did they [the Iroquois] make their way through the forests, that, at the break of day, on March 16, without having so far betrayed their ' approach, they reached the gates of the first village of the Hurons, named St. Ignace.