An Insider's Guide to Waterloo Region

Interesting places on and off the beaten track

Posts Tagged ‘museums

McCrae House in Guelph

Monument at McCrae House, Guelph ON

McCrae House in Guelph is just a 20 minute drive from Kitchener. I visited it for the first time this week and was impressed by the well restored house, the indoor displays and the lovely grounds. This is the birthplace of John McCrae, a physician and soldier who wrote the famous poem In Flanders Fields. Millions of poppies are worn by people in our nation to commemorate Remembrance Day today as we honour the sacrifices of our soldiers in past and present conflicts.

Written by Ruth

November 11, 2010 at 12:01 am

Fire Hall Doon Heritage Village

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July 3, 2010 at 12:06 am

Freeport Church at Doon Heritage Village

This United Brethren Church was built at Freeport in 1861. It was cut in half and moved here in 1962. It is still used for special services and weddings. There is an Easter sunrise service here each year. The contrail of an airplane is seen in the sky and that struck me as out of place in this 1914 setting.

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May 23, 2010 at 12:17 am

Blacksmith Shop at Doon Heritage Village

This blacksmith shop was reproduced in 2004 based on the design of the Valentine Gies Blacksmith Shop in Conestogo, built in 1894. I don’t think the blacksmiths in 1894 wore MP3 ear buds like this young man is sporting. 🙂

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May 22, 2010 at 12:13 am

General Store at Doon Heritage Village

This dry goods and grocery store was built in 1830 in Delaware, Middlesex County. A.R. Goudie financed the move to Doon Heritage Crossroads and the building opened in July 1961. This young woman gave us a little tour of the place. I was interested in the 25 cent paper bills which were in the register. Apparently they were equivalent in value to a 20 dollar bill today. We went grocery shopping at Zehrs when we left and I decided that shopping here would have been a lot simpler and faster.

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May 21, 2010 at 12:01 am

Petersburg Station

Doon Heritage Crossroads

This railway station was constructed in Petersburg, Wilmot Township in 1856 and was owned by the Grand Trunk Railway. It has been at Doon Heritage Crossroads for a few decades. The new museum is built so the two main hallways line up with Waterloo Region’s major transportation routes of the 19th century. The tracks from the station continue right into the museum where they intersect with the corridor which lines up with Huron Road. The two bottom pictures in the collage below were taken inside the Waterloo Region Museum.

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May 20, 2010 at 12:02 am

Inside the new Waterloo Region Museum

We went to see the new Waterloo Region Museum this past weekend. The building is finished and open to the public but exhibits are not on display until 2011. Every detail in this structure is meaningful and it is really worth visiting and going through the guidebook to see what is symbolically and literally represented. This picture was taken through the window which faces Homer Watson Blvd. The names of all the communities in the region were displayed on the glass. I will be featuring more pictures from the site over the next few days.

Written by Ruth

May 19, 2010 at 12:05 am