Wellington County Museum
I took this shot last June during the Doors Open Fergus – Elora. This building has a fascinating history and is well worth visiting.
“The Wellington County Museum and Archives is a National Historic Site. It is located in a building that stands as the oldest remaining House of Industry in Canada. It was built in 1877 as a “Poor House” or place of refuge for the poor, homeless, and destitute people in Wellington County. It operated as a Poor House and Industrial Farm until 1947 when it became a County Home for the Aged. In it was transformed into the Wellington County Museum and Archives. A new Archives wing opened in 2010.” Quoted from http://www.wellington.ca/en/discover/aboutus_museum.asp
This Saturday Sept. 20th is Doors Open Waterloo Region with a total of 41 different locations to explore. You won’t make it to all but there is plenty of variety to choose from. You can check out this web site to plan your day. http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/Waterloo-Region.aspx
Hints of the Past
This was taken along the river bank in Fergus. The old mill stone and what is left of an old spoked car wheel was an unexpected find. They are hints of the past activities in this area.
Today we took a drive to my home town of Fergus. This is a shot of the Templin Gardens on the Grand River in downtown Fergus. Templin Gardens was built by John C. Templin as a gift for his wife, an avid gardener. Although the exact year is undetermined, it is believed that it was built in the 1920’s or 1930’s.
Fergus Swimming Pool
This is the old Fergus swimming pool where I learned how to swim as a kid. It was an out door pool and I spent many cool summer mornings at swimming lessons. I would spend so much time in the chlorinated water that my blond hair turned a tinge of green. The pool is now filled in and is a parking lot for the business that has taken over the building. I thought I better take a picture before they change the sign.