Thursday, November 15, 2018

Thank You Heritage Farm Show Contributors

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this year’s Heritage Farm Show.
4-H Poultry Club
Ace Hardware
Pete Agar
Diana Arthur
Cathy Attridge
The Back Pages Band
Edwina Blakely
Don & Betty Ann Bobier
John & Angela Bobier
Campbell Seeds 
Joe Casey
Century Chocolates
Mark Clarke
Brad Conway
Conway Automotive
DJW Mini Backhoe Service
Dixon’s Feed Service
Amarilis Drouillard
Municipality of Dutton Dunwich and the Municipal Heritage Committee
Dunwich United Church
Dutton Foodland
Dutton Meadows Golf Course
Dutton Variety & Gas
Earl McDonald & Sons Transport
East Elgin Spinners and Weavers
Elgin County Archives
Elgin Poultry Club
Brian & Liz Elliott
Rob & Janice Ellis
Chris Ford
Ken Ford
Glenn Ford
Jessica & Olivia Foreman
Sam Foreman
Fulline Farm & Garden Equipment
Tony Gosnell
Ken Gowan
Larry & Paula Grafstein
Hair Razors
Rob & Laura Hathaway
Jim & Lois Hathaway
Mike & Ingrid Hentz
Stephanie Hounsell
Marg Hulls
Hugh & Nancy Hunter
Havanah Jackson
Martin Joldersmaa
Knight’s Home Hardware
Hailey Lunn
Bruce & Lin McCann
Hugh & Joyce McFadden
Rick McFadden
Dan McKillop
Cal McMilllan
Cameron McWilliam
Melbourne Farm Automation Ltd.
Melbourne Farm Equipment
John Miller
Dennis Nash
NAPA West Lorne
New Roots Farm
Lorraine Vallee-Moczulski
Memories in Wool
Elizabeth Patterson
Todd Phibbs
Mike Price
Bob Purcell
Red Barn Accessories
Ken Reinke
Katlyn Reinstma
Brad & Joanne Reive
Edith Richardson
Sean Robinson & family
Karen Rose
Beth Russell
John Saunders
Melissa Schneider
Shannon’s Country Diner
W. D. Shaw
Don Skipper
Angie Smith
Stan’s Total Tire
Barb Summers
Talbot Trails Restaurant
Tasty Sweets Café
Van Lahti’s Café & Eatery
Wallacetown Agricultural Society
Catie Welch
Dave Welch
Jim & Leta West
Dave & Joy Westelaken
West Lorne Foodland
Blanche Whiteman
volunteers, visitors, exhibitors and many more. 

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Municipal Heritage Register Open House

Heritage Register and Open House

The Dutton Dunwich Heritage Committee invites you to attend a Public Open Houseto be held on Wednesday, November 21st, 2018, from 4 pm to 7 pm at the Dutton Dunwich Municipal Building, in the Council Chambers to learn more about the Municipality’s Heritage Register.
Amber Mandich, Archivist Assistant from Elgin County Archives, will also be attending the Open House. She will be available to discuss the resources and services offered by Elgin County Archives for individuals interested in researching the history of their property.
Council for the Municipality of Dutton Dunwich has received the Heritage Register at their regular meeting of September 12, 2018.
The Municipality’s Heritage Register is a list of properties in the Town of Dutton Dunwich that have been identified as having cultural heritage value.
This list also includes properties which have been proposed to be designated under the Ontario Heritage Act.
The Register is available for viewing at the following link:
The Ontario Heritage Act, listing allows for the protection of a culturally significant building or structure from demolition.
Owners of a listed property are required to provide at least 60 days’ notice of their intention to demolish or remove any building or structure on the listed property.
No other restrictions are placed on the property as a result of being “listed” on the Heritage Register.
No legal restrictions are registered on the title of the property as a result of being included on the Town’s Heritage Register.
Property owners are still permitted to undertake site alterations such as repairs, renovations and restorations without having to apply to Council, unless it results in demolition. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Seeking Board Members for Tyrconnell Heritage Society

Seeking Board Members for Tyrconnell Heritage Society

Tyrconnell Heritage Society is seeking volunteers to serve on the Board of Directors for 3 year terms commencing February 28, 2019. 

Interested individuals are required to be minimum of 18 years of age; pay your annual Tyrconnell Heritage Society membership; complete and submit a Recruitment Form to the nominating committee; and encouraged to attend the Annual General Meeting on February 28, 2019, 7pm at Backus-Page House Museum.

Documents are available by emailing , or by calling 519-762-3072.  
The Board of Directors will post the approved candidacy list online, 40 days prior to the Annual General Meeting.  
Submission deadline to be considered for nomination and election is December 31, 2018.

Attn: Nominating Committee
Tyrconnell Heritage Society
Box 26, 29424 Lakeview Line
Wallacetown, ON, N0L 2M0

The Nomination Committee consists of Elizabeth Patterson and Austin Pitcher (current board members), Angela Bobier (current staff person), and Betty McLandress (current society member).

We are currently seeking individuals with fundraising, demonstrable heritage skills, carpentry skills, exhibit building, document digitization, history, museum work, and environment or nature.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Fun Fact Friday #19 - Movie Buffs 🎥

Movie Poster for
"That Old Feeling"
       Did you know that a Hollywood movie was filmed in little old Wallacetown at the St. Peter's Church?

      St. Peter's Church in Wallacetown received it's 15 minutes of fame in 1997 when "That Old Feeling", starring Bette Middler and Dennis Farina, filmed a scene there. Although the church can only be seen for a few seconds, it did not stop the locals from a feeling of pride. 

St. Peter's Church
      Keith Large was the movie location manager for the film and was looking for "an Upper-New York State or Connecticut-style clapboard church" somewhere in Southwestern Ontario. The beautiful St. Peter's was the perfect fit for everything on their check list including a bell tower and a big window for one of the characters to look out of. 

Come see the church for yourself right next to the Backus-Page House Museum at 29526 Lakeview Line, Wallacetown, Ontario. Call the museum for more details 519-762-3072 or visit 


Friday, November 2, 2018

Fun Fact Friday #18 - A Proper Education 📚

       Did you know that in the 19th century female education was altered to that of male?
A classroom of young boys and girls (approx. 1850)

      Although today women are well represented in schools as teachers and students, it was not the same during the 19th century. There was public schooling available to both boys and girls, but it was very general. If a person wanted a more advanced education they would have to enter private schools. Except these schools focused more on domestic personal, and social properties rather than mathematical, scientific, or even reading and writing. The curriculum was made to have women practice "the arts and graces of life".  Thank goodness we have come a long way since then.

Visit the home of a woman who immigrated to Canada with only her two children and no husband in the early 19th century. A very difficult task at the time indefinitely.

The Backus-Page House Museum
29424 Lakeview Line, Wallacetown, ON

Friday, October 26, 2018

Fun Fact Friday #17 - Don't Forget to Carve Your Turnip! 🎃

      Now, this post is going to be less of a fun fact and more of a fun (fictional) tale about the history of jack-o-lanterns and how they got their name.  

      Many of the stories that surround the naming of the glowing pumpkin come from a man named Stingy Jack. Stingy Jack was a troublemaker to say the least. He would drink as much as he could and then play tricks on everybody, even the Devil himself. One day Jack tricked the Devil into climbing an old apple tree. After the Devil climbed the tree, Jack left crosses all around it's trunk. Of course, the Devil is unable to touch crosses, so he was not able to climb down. He did this so the Devil would promise to not take his soul when he died. The Devil promised, Jack took away the crosses, and the Devil climbed down. 

Stingy Jack and his turnip jack-o-lantern.
      When is was Jack's time to pass on he went up to Heaven and met Saint Peter. Jack was told that becasue he was mean and nasty during hi lifetime he was not allowed into Heaven and was sent down to the dark depths of the Devil's home. The Devil kept his promise, though, and would not let him in. Jack was lost somewhere in the middle, called the Netherworld. He asked the Devil how he could leave this lightless place, so the Devil showed him an ember to lead him back to the depths. 

      In this story, Jack always carried a turnip with him because it was one of his favourite foods. Jack hollowed out the turnip and stuck the ember inside. From that day forward, Jack wandered Earth, with no resting place, lighting his way with his "Jack-O-Lantern". 
      This story came from Ireland and it's ancient Celtic traditions on All Hallow's Eve. Because Ireland was lacking pumpkins, they would use turnips, rutabagas, gourds, potatoes, or beets. 

      The Tyrconnell area was once known as Little Ireland because of the amount of Irish people that lived there. It is possible that the settlers might have carved some sort of vegetable on All Hallow's Eve. 

Come for a tour at the oldest house in Little Ireland, the Backus-Page House Museum!
29424 Lakeview Line, Wallacetown, ON
(519) 762-3072

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