Sunday, September 6, 2015

September Meeting in Massie

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 1:30 pm Massie

Massie had its beginnings in the 1840s. By the late 1850s most of the area farms had been settled. One of the area’s pioneers, the eponymous Alexander Massie (to whom Massie owes its name), developed a mill site on the Bighead River near its source. This site is on the southwest corner of the hamlet, at the crossroads of Sideroad 3 (the Massie Road) and Concession 6 (Veteran’s Road). Alexander purchased 10 acres in 1862 from William Winter, who owned the 100 acre farm at this corner. A saw mill was built in 1859 along with the original mill dam. Then came a flour mill, reputed to be one of the best in the country, followed by a grist mill. In the early days community meetings, concerts and teas were held at the mill. While the mill buildings no longer exist, the scenic mill pond and dam as well as the wooden water wheel still grace the hamlet. Community life thrives in the active Massie United Church (Methodist)-1895 and the original Massie Hall -1965 (former S.S.S.#11, Holland and Sydenham -1871). Massie has been described because of its setting in the Bighead River Valley on a misty day as the “Brigadoon” of Grey County. 

Coodinator: Marjorie Davison 519.538.3408

 Location: Massie Hall, Village of Massie [crossroads of Massie Road and N Veterans Way [Concession 6 Sideroad 3]

All are welcome to join us.

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 d├ęcor 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)