Friday, October 19, 2018

Fun Fact Friday #16 - Trick or Treat! 👻

      Did you know that children did not start trick-or-treating until about 1911?

Something children might have worn
on Halloween (approx. 1911)
      Trick-or-treating is a classic Halloween tradition that is practiced all over the world. In Canada it did not come around until 1911 in Kingston, Ontario. It was reported that children went street "guising", which basically means running around dressed in costume, on Halloween in between 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM. They would visit shops and neighbours to gather as many nuts and candies they could. To win the treats they would have to perform a song or rhyme and if the audience enjoyed they would toss them something tasty. The term "trick-or-treat" did not show up until around 1927 in Blackie, Alberta.

Come and visit an old Victorian home where children who began the trick-or-treating tradition in Canada might have lived, now called The Backus-Page House Museum!
29424 Lakeview Line, Wallacetown, ON

Friday, October 12, 2018

Fun Fact Friday #15 - Beer Hops 🍺

      Did you know that almost all kinds beer uses a flower called Hop? 
      Hops are little cone-shaped flowers that grow on the humulus lupus plant found in North America. When they are dried out in an oast house and ground they are usually used in beer as a flavouring and stabilizing agent because of it's bitter, zesty, or citric flavours. 

      The earliest documented use of hops in beer was in the year 736 in Germany, it was then passed to England in 1524, and finally to North America in 1629. These days most hop yards are found in Canada and the U.S.

Hops after they are dried and ground.
      The Backus-Page House Museum has it's very own hops plant in the garden!

Come find out what makes your refreshing beer taste the way it does at:
29424 Lakeview Line, Wallacetown, ON
(519) 762-3072

Friday, October 5, 2018

Fun Fact Fridays #14 - No Solicitors! 💬

      Did you know that in the 19th century people would go door to door selling a "cure-all" called snake oil? If you have ever seen an old western/cowboy movie there has probably been a character selling some kind of elixir. This is the most accurate depiction of these snake oil sellers. Snake oil was said to be a cure-all by it's sellers, but was notorious for not actually working.

Snake Oil Salesman
       The original snake oil came from China. This oil was creating using the oils taken from Chinese River Snakes. They used this as a pain reliever for arthritis, bursitis, and other joint aches. It made it's way into North America in the mid 1800's and was sold door to door. Of course, there are no Chinese River Snakes in North America, so the contents were changed. North American snake oil consisted mostly of alcohol and was sold as an antiseptic. Very much like peroxide or rubbing alcohol, snake oil was used on scrapes or cuts, but it was not nearly as effective.
      The Backus-Page House has an original bottle with the original bottle, label, and contents displayed in our pantry room! Come check it out for yourself at the Backus-Page House Museum:
Snake Oil
Original Bottle, Label, and Contents
29424 Lakeview Line, Wallacetown, ON
(519) 762-3072


Friday, September 28, 2018

Fun Fact Friday #13 - Don't Forget to Wipe! 🚽

Manila Hemp Paper - Now usually
used for crafting and pulp.
      Did you know that toilet paper was not invented until about 1857?

      Joseph Gayetty was an American inventor that originally thought of the idea of cleaning your behind with something other than leaves or rags. He found that using flat sheets of manila hemp paper was much more comfortable and was advertised it as "the greatest necessity of the age". He then made it into a medically lubricated paper with aloe used for hemorrhoids. 
Scott Toilet Paper - 2018

Unfortunately, Gayetty's business failed and in stepped Thomas, Edward, and Clarence Scott. They founded the Scott Paper Company in 1879 and began selling paper on a roll instead of common flat sheets. This is now the brand you know as Scott Toilet Paper. 

Come and check out some of the old toilets people used in the 19th century at the Backus-Page House Museum:
29424 Lakeview Line, Wallacetown, ON
(519) 762-3072

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Can Tyrconnell Heritage Society Count On You?

Our goal is to have 100 new Lifetime Members join the heritage society and museum in 2018.  Would you be 1 of the 100?  Would you purchase a membership for a Christmas gift for someone?  

Purchase online hassle free at eventbrite or email or call 519-762-3072 to arrange for payment via cash or cheque at Backus-Page House Museum.  

Other annual types of membership also available.  

Friday, September 21, 2018

Tickets Available for Harvest Tea and Tours

Don't doddle.  Purchase your Harvest Tea and Tour tickets right away to avoid disappointment.  Some times are already sold out.  Online tickets available through eventbrite.  You can also call the museum office 519-762-3072 or email   

Fun Fact Friday #12 - Got Syrup? 🍁

      Did you know that maple syrup has more calcium in it than milk?

      Maple syrup seems to be a more reliable source of many different nutrients. You may have heard that the amount of calcium in milk "helps build strong bones", but in reality maple syrup contains about 321.3 mg of calcium per cup while milk contains 300 mg. Maple syrup also contains more potassium than a banana in the same context! There is also a ton of magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, and iron! Who knew your pancakes could actually be so healthy?

Come learn more about maple syrup at the Backus-Page House Museum:
29424 Lakeview Line, Wallacetown, ON
(519) 762-3072