Friday, August 14, 2015

August 19, 2015 - Meeting at Wilcock Farm

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at 1:30 pm Wilcock Farm, Wilcox Lake, Grey Highlands

Bring lawn chairs.

 The Wilcock Farm house was built of stone in 1892 by William Wilcock (after whom the nearby Wilcox Lake is named). This typical Ontario Gothic house has a T-shaped interior not unusual for farmhouses of the era, but probably necessary for the large family. The land was originally granted from the Crown in 1852 to Henry Moore, who sold it to W.K. Flesher (who gave his name to nearby Flesherton). Flesher bought rights and built an early water plume from the property’s lake access to local mills in 1892.This provided a source of income likely supporting the cost of the house construction. Current owners Matthew and Dai Gaasenbeek have restored the house to its early glory with period art prints, traditional décor and a display of their buggy tool collection. Trails on the property allow nature lovers to enjoy the Audubon Society award-winning rehabilitated bird habitat.

 Coordinator: Kate Russell 519.924.2843 

Location:734048 West Back Line, Grey Highlands Take Grey County Rd. 4 west from Flesherton to the West Back Line (just before Ceylon) turn south and watch for driveway on west side of road past the curves)

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