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Glanmore at Christmas

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Glanmore, Christmas, Victorian decorations

Photography by Daniel Vaughan A Victorian Fantasy (at a very real Belleville museum) November 1898 Dear Cousin~ There is to be a ball at Glanmore just after Christmas, and I am to attend. This will be the first time I have seen this wonderful place, as I am finally out in Belleville society. I expect to… Read More

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38 Hours to Montreal

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Dan Buchanan, Governor General Charles Poulett Thomson, 38 Hours to Montreal

As the sleigh sped through Smithfield on the way to Trent Port, Governor General Thomson may have contemplated the daunting task awaiting him in Montreal. The Mackenzie Rebellion was only two years past and nerves were still very raw, extreme partisan positions being the normal manner of discourse. Lord Durham had been and gone, providing his Durham Report with recommendations for changes to the governance of Upper and Lower Canada. British gentlemen could not fathom why normally peaceful Canadians had actually taken up arms against the crown, but they were intent on preventing it from happening again. Read More

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Chris from Cold Creek

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On a nasty winter day, rife with weather warnings – the kind where the locals take the back roads rather than being part of a parking lot on the 401, Chris Braney isn’t thinking of snow. His mind is on music and friends and his newly adopted Hillier community, where he knows in his heart he has always belonged. Read More

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The Victorian Order of Nurses

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VON

In the 1930s, two tiny sisters, barely five feet tall, Dorothy and Grace Connor of Belleville, Ontario donned the distinctive uniform with its starched white collar and cuffs of the Victorian Order of Nurses (VON). For the next 30 years, they carried their black leather bags and knocked on doors to provide health care to hundreds of patients in their homes. Read More

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Picton Homes Redux

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Picton, red brick, renovations, restoration, Prince Edward County

Photography by Daniel Vaughan When Bad Things Happen to Good Houses Appreciating our built heritage is easy. Preserving it is another matter. The subject of heritage listing and designation arises – often too late – when a significant older building is demolished or renovated beyond recognition. The Ontario Heritage Act came into effect in 1975;… Read More

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Deep Roots at Dorland Farms

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The black and white 1858 photo is a family treasure. It shows a fine brick house under construction, workers frozen for the long exposure, standing on a wide plank girding the tall second storey. Other men pose casually on the hip roof, or lean against the wide chimney. Below, men and boys, a dog, and a team of horses wait to resume work. Read More