On a recent bus trip to Toronto, following the route of the 1837 rebels
from Lloydtown, we were asked to re-create the experience in our mind'seye. To imagine the effort of a 35 mile hike, to pass farmers’ fields andsmall inns, to feel the privation of thirst or hunger and the anxiety of
potential conflict that they must have experienced on this long walk. A tough task,considering the amount of change has made the route unrecognizable, a foreign
land compared to the accounts of participants 175 years ago. Now I’m not one toreject change. Change can be good and exciting and bring about new understand-ings and relationships. However the historian in me, just once, would like to some-how experience the past, to see what they saw, to trudge along muddy paths throughthick forests on what would one day become the tangle of cars on Yonge St.
Of course this will never happen, but to a lesser extent we can connect to our
past through the diaries and accounts, landscapes and built heritage that do stillexist today. The importance of conserving these things cannot be overstated. King’sheritage, shaped by nature and history, is a legacy passed from one generation tothe next. It is reflected in the natural and cultural diversity of places and objects
that help us to understand our past and our effect on our environment. Whether anew resident or one with deep roots we all have our favourite places on this earth.
Places that touch a chord, remind us of something special, link us with our past.
They may include a favourite hiking trail, a secluded stream, the local school, afarmer’s wheat barn. When we, as a community, feel this way about one or more
places, they start to tell a story about who we are. They become chapters in a con-
“Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone.
tinuing tale of this community and as such become part of our heritage and that ofgenerations to come.
Let it be such work that our descendants will thank us for, and letus think, as we lay stone upon stone, that a time is to come whenthese stones will be held sacred because our hands have touchedthem, and that men will say, as they look upon the labour and
wrought substance of them, “See! This our fathers did for us.”
by Kathleen Fry, Curator King Township Museum
to large scale opulent architecture.
gatehouse and barn – all still standing
century, as Pellatt’s fortune and empire
St. Clair streetcar to explore the castle
cious Governor Generals Horse Guards.
grew, he purchased his first lot on Keele
is art we don’t talk about. It’s the art we
that “The mother art is architecture.
beauty of it all. But the best treat of the
source of pride for all who live here.
stairways and ‘secret’ passageways to
man and Scottish castle architecture that
brant and helps to attract and retain both
both Pellatt’s city home and country es-
nities in the present, and ensure a pros-
as we were doing the final
while embracing the future.” He explains
pages of this issue, we received an invita-
how this translates in the restoration of
tion to meet with Walter and his wife Julie
at the church. Walter told us that he had
dows will be enhanced by panes of thermal
admired the church his whole life and was
glass on the inside to improve insulation
knowledge of old buildings enabled him to
floor heating. The parking lot will be paved
remain faithful to the original architecture,
while using new technologies and materials
At the same time, the wainscoting, altar,
to ensure a building’s safety and comfort.
In construction, his guiding principle has al-
tion, will be returned to the church and
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