PHOTOlog | another B&B missed WELLINGTON

pre-Confederation log cabin, rural ontario

This bed and breakfast was for sale in 2015, c. 1860 log cabin south of Damascus village on the west side 8924 Wellington Rd. Photo credit: Lisa Rance, April 2015

WELLINGTON County | Luther Township

PHOTOlog | sunset on second empire SIMCOE

second-empire architecture, ontario, canada

Second-Empire architectural style – Lount’s Castle was the home of parliamentarian William Lount – built for him in 1877 at a high point in Barrie, curiously now called Valley Drive. For many years it was divided as apartments, now being restored (2015). Photo credit: Lisa Rance, April 2012

SIMCOE County | Vespra Township

PHOTOlog | timber lost SIMCOE

early lumber industry, ontario history

A distant pastoral scene in Flos Township belies this area’s origins as prime timberland in the 1870’s. The Flos lumber mills supplied building materials to all Great Lakes ports via Mr. O. A. Phelps (Phelpston). An M.P.P. for Simcoe County, Mr. Phelps had business holdings in Niagara, and operated his own fleet of ships! Flos ancestors are sure to have participated in these enterprises, and felt the loss of this industry to devastating forest fires. Photo credit: Lisa Rance, August 2015

SIMCOE County | Flos Township

PHOTOlog | unpretentious homestead VICTORIA

fieldstone home, karwartha lakes

Otter Lane stone house, for sale in 2015 for $250k. Someone’s long-time home with beautiful gardens. Photo credit: Lisa Rance, September 2015

VICTORIA County | Laxton Township

PHOTOlog | a fall drive ONTARIO

early ontario brick farmhouse with gingerbread trim

A red brick Ontario Gothic farmhouse at Leaskdale. The “wing” with the cornice-returns may be the earliest-built. Photo credit: Lisa Rance, October 2015

Impressive grave memorial, byzantine-style crypt, Ontario, Canada

The Thomas Foster memorial, a Byzantine-style crypt built by a former Toronto mayor in 1935. Photo credit: Lisa Rance, October 2015

ONTARIO County | Scott Township

PHOTOlog | re-set windows in old home WELLINGTON

re-set windows, renovations to historical home, ontario

Violet’s House, built 1887, at 12 Station Street, Hillsburgh. The windows have been re-set all the way around the house. Photo credit: Lisa Rance, June 2015

WELLINGTON County | Erin Township

PHOTOlog | fruit orchards WENTWORTH

early surveyor augustus jones, road history, ontario, canada

Art installation commemorating the work of Augustus Jones (1797-1836), the Land Surveyor who set out the first Loyalist settlement tracts and government roads such as Yonge St. and Dundas St. Installed in 2009 at Jones/King St. E., Stoney Creek. The so-called Jones Baseline road extends from Burlington Bay to the Conestoga River at Arthur where a wall mural complements this tribute. Photo credit: Lisa Rance, Feb 2014

niagara fruit history, orchard, historical farm

“Spera House”, 228 Ridge Rd. atop the Niagara Escarpment, built 1874, and what is left of the extensive Montmorency Farm, once the largest Montmorency cherry producer in the area. Photo credit: Lisa Rance, May 2014

niagara fruit history, orchard, historical farm
Already on the earliest maps are shown a preponderance of orchard lands in this sheltered micro-climate area between Lake Ontario and the Niagara Escarpment. This is the E.D. Smith original home and factory at Winona, the field-stone warehouse built 1835. Photo credit: Lisa Rance, May 2014

WENTWORTH County | Saltfleet Township

PHOTOlog | small town attraction VICTORIA

canada's smallest jail, coboconck

Coboconk village – Canada’s smallest jail on Water St., 1890… Photo credit – Lisa Rance, August 2015
VICTORIA County | Bexley Township

PHOTOlog | coaching inn HALDIMAND

historic inn ontario caledonia heritage preConfederation

The Mansion (later: Barber) Hotel in York along the Grand River, built 1862, features an upper level Grand Ballroom. Photo credit: Lisa Rance, September 2015

HALDIMAND County | Oneida Township

PHOTOlog | county line town HALDIMAND

Sinclairville, Ontario, church, cemetery, boundary

Sinclairville, “on the Seneca side”; this town straddles two Counties. This brick structure, in 1907, replaced the original white frame Methodist church built in 1857. Photo credit: Lisa Rance, September 2015

HALDIMAND County | Seneca Township