An Insider's Guide to Waterloo Region

Interesting places on and off the beaten track

Archive for the ‘Mennonites’ Category

Waterloo County Horse Sale

I featured the Waterloo County Horse Sale in a post on June 27, 2009 and it is one of the most searched and viewed subjects on this blog. This horse auction is held on the last Saturday of every month at the Ontario Stock Exchange which is adjacent to the St. Jacobs Farmers Market. The sale starts at noon and today was the third time I have stopped by to take pictures. I had never seen the actual auction take place outdoors before. I put several photographs and a video clip together on iMovie and uploaded this four minute movie to YouTube.

Written by Ruth

April 30, 2011 at 11:22 pm

West Montrose Covered Bridge

I posted a picture of this bridge almost exactly one year ago today. Here it is from the other side.

The photo below is edited to look the way I think the bridge should look. All those wires are distracting.

Written by Ruth

April 13, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Hosting a Crowd

We passed this Old Order Mennonite farm near Hawkesville early on Sunday afternoon. There were at least 20 buggies parked in the yard. Perhaps they were there for Christmas dinner or for another significant occasion.

Written by Ruth

December 27, 2010 at 12:23 am

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Farm Chores

Spreading Manure near Elmira ON


Written by Ruth

December 11, 2010 at 12:35 am

Crosshill Old Colony Mennonite Church

Many Old Order Colony Mennonites left western Canada early in the 20th century to settle in Mexico. Today a few thousand of them live in Mexico’s northern states, particularly Chihuahua and Durango. Some have returned to Southern Ontario including Waterloo Region and this congregation meets in the hamlet of Crosshill, Wellesley Township. (map) You can read more about Old Colony Mennonites at the Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online (GAMEO) website.

Written by Ruth

December 5, 2010 at 12:04 am

November Soccer and Brubacher House

The weather this week is unusually beautiful and warm for November. This soccer field is next to Columbia Lake and a couple of games were in progress last weekend. Brubacher House is in the background. Built in 1850, it is now curated by the University of Waterloo. This web link provides information about the building and the agricultural history of the land where the university is now located.

Written by Ruth

November 10, 2010 at 12:02 am

Hawkesville Road

A horse and buggy passes River Song Catering and Banquet Facilities at 632 Hawkesville Road a short distance outside of St. Jacobs.  The outdoor smoking area below overlooks the Conestoga River.

Written by Ruth

October 23, 2010 at 12:00 am