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The Neutral Nation

Panels are posted near the entrance of Huron Natural Area with information about people of the Neutral Nation who lived here around 1500 AD.

Written by Ruth

April 25, 2011 at 6:29 pm

Archeological Dig at Huron Natural Area

This boardwalk is built along the newly discovered Indian village at Huron Natural Area. There is nothing to see now but there will be an opportunity to learn more next Saturday at the Earth Day special event.

On Saturday April 23rd, the annual Earth Day Celebration will take place at the Huron Natural Area, between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Activities that afternoon include:
• Live demonstrations of birds of prey by the Canadian Raptor Conservancy
• Build and take home a Bird Box (limited quantities)
• Tree planting, crafts and other activities
• Learn about the recently discovered Neutral Nation Village – This is an archaeological dig at Strasburg Creek in the Huron Natural Area where the remains of 10 or more longhouses have been discovered, along with ancient garbage piles and shards of pottery, pipes, spear tips and arrow heads. Some of the artifacts found here date back 500 years, others to 4,500 or even 9,000 years.

Written by Ruth

April 17, 2011 at 6:02 pm

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Maryhill Inn

Maryhill Inn

I drove back to Kitchener through Maryhill again after visiting Guelph Lake Conservation Area. Maryhill is within the boundary of Waterloo Region but is very close to the Wellington County line. The Maryhill Inn was built in 1850 and was renovated by the current owners who bought it in 2000. It operates as a bed and breakfast and has a number of well appointed rooms. The Maryhill Inn website offers more information on its history as well as picture tours of the interior and booking information.

Written by Ruth

February 7, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Freeport Renovations

This house provided living quarters for staff who worked at the old Freeport Sanatorium. The adjacent doctor’s house was demolished a couple of years ago to make way for the construction of the new Specialized Mental Health unit which opened in 2010. This building was in disrepair but renovations are almost complete and it will be used in some capacity by the hospital. Below are pictures of the same house taken within the past 4 years.

Written by Ruth

February 4, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Dickie Settlement School

I still expect to see children in the school yard at the Dickie Settlement School when I drive past it on my way to and from Cambridge on the Roseville Road. Here is some history from the Region of Waterloo website.

“Today Dickie Settlement is thought of as the corner of Roseville Road and Dickie Settlement Road in North Dumfries Township. In 1833, a larger settlement area was purchased by John Dickie and his brother William Dickie who purchased three lots in Concession XII. Although the families dispersed in the later nineteenth century, some of them moving to New Zealand, the area kept its association with the family name. In 1861 the North Dumfries Township S.S. No. 25 school was built at the corner, known as the Dickie Settlement School; it was active continuously until it was closed in June 1998.”

The school building is now privately owned. (map)

Written by Ruth

January 18, 2011 at 10:48 pm

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Queen Victoria

Here is some Kitchener trivia:-

The statue of Queen Victoria, located in Victoria Park, was unveiled in May 1911. The Princess of Wales Chapter of the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire raised the $6,000 needed for the statute.

There used to be a statue of Kaiser Wilhelm I in Victoria Park. It was unveiled 13 August 1897. The statute was thrown into the park lake after World War I started, as a result of anti-German feelings in the city. Eventually the statue disappeared.

(source – Kitchener Public Library)

Written by Ruth

January 12, 2011 at 9:59 pm

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Firehall and Schneider Creek at Doon Heritage Village

Written by Ruth

January 11, 2011 at 12:18 am