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Architecture of Evans/Hayhurst Home

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An original cast iron lock with porcelain knob in 1858 in the Evans/Hayhurst house. This style of lock was in fashion circa 1860 to 1900.

Architecture of Evans/Hayhurst Home

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A finely designed and executed spiral stair in the Evans/Hayhurst home, complete with lower birdcage, steel centre spindle and a flower carved on top of scroll.

Area Historical Society Formed

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Description : Area Historical Society Formed

The first major steps to preserve the heritage of the Scotch Settlement and area were taken last week when about 20 people officially founded a historical society.

Known as the Scotch Settlement and District Historical Society, it will seek to preserve the historical record of not only the struggles of the Scottish settlers but those of Bradford and West Gwillimbury as well.

Philip Baker, a representative of the Ministry of Culture and Recreation was on hand to describe the procedure in setting up a historical society, the grant structure, and the initial problems that will have to be faced.

DISINTEGRATE

He told the group that the common mistake of most historical societies is to concentrate all activities on one particular project in the beginning and then disintegrate when it is completed.

He urged members to set up a variety of projects that could be tackled over the years.

The next step in the formation of the group is to adopt a charter, Mr. Baker said, and consider affiliation with the Ontario Historical Society.

He commended the society for its decision not to concentrate activities only on the Scotch Settlement, because of the danger that it would then be too limited and not self-perpetuating.

Funds for the immediate future would present the group with its first major hurdle.

Grants from the ministry and Wintario are of the matching variety and the group will first have to acquire funds on its own.

With this in mind, the society will probably ask the councils of Bradford and West Gwillimbury for a grant.

The maximum grant available from the ministry is $550 a year.

WINTARIO

Mr. Baker said other grants are available through Wintario, but also on a 50-50 basis.

The society elected its first officers that same evening, with Eleanor Reid as president, Andrew Rettig secretary-treasurer, George Brown in charge of architecture and historical buildings, and Ruby Fairs, program director.

A fee structure was also approved, with a $5 annual fee for a family, $3 single, and $1 student.

Don Beatty of the Innisfil Historical Society was also present at the meeting, and he related experiences of his own group, especially financial and the difficulty of maintaining an adequate number of members.

The society will meet again later in the fall at a date to be announced.

Armson/Wood House

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Drawing of the Armson/Wood house on the South half of Lot 5, Con. 7.

Armstrong Family

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From left to right: Unknown, Shirley Norine Armstrong, Billy Marks, Velma Stewart (nee Watson).

Armstrong House

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Armstrong House. The Armstrong / Metcalfe home was located on the 6th line. It was reported to be the earliest brick house in West Gwillimbury. The centre gable was a later addition. The features include a basement kitchen, front Venetian windows and a nine-panel front door with original hardware. Because of the inability to access the house and property there is unfortunately no architectural records of this house. Demolished for subdivision

Armstrong House

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Armstrong House. If you have any additional information about this photo please contact the library at 905-775-3328.

Armstrong House

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Armstrong House If you have any additional information about this photo please contact the library at 905-775-3328.

Armstrong House

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Armstrong House in earlier days.

Armstrong House

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Armstrong House If you have any additional information about this photo please contact the library at 905-775-3328.

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