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)