Hello, again! It is now the end of week six of the cultural mapping project, and things are starting to take shape. I was lucky enough this week to go on two driving tours and mark down all of the exciting things that I saw.
On Monday morning, Mr. David Crowley stopped by the office to identify where some of the old schoolhouses were on a map. After seeing how many there were, it was decided that we would go on a short tour in the afternoon and visit a few of them on the way to Fallbrook. Mr. Crowley was a huge help in figuring out which of the modern houses had once been schools.
I also had the opportunity to spend the morning with my grandfather and his brother on Thursday. We met up bright and early and ventured out on a very extensive tour of North Burgess. My family first settled in the area in 1842, so my grandfather and great uncle know a lot of very interesting stories.
The tour began by travelling up the Scotch Line and visiting places such as the Allan property and the Ritchie Mill. I thought that the Ritchie Mill ruins were beautiful, although, it’s sad to think that what was once a major business in the community now sits forgotten beside the water.
After hearing about all of the old buildings on the Scotch Line, we headed to Stanleyville where I was told stories about attending school at the SS No. 2 North Burgess. I loved how every place we went had a story, either from my grandfather’s time, or his father’s generation. Even now they still remember who lived where and what events went on.
I was able to see the Stanleyville cheese factory as well as the Black Lake cheese factory, and the property where the man who once owned them both had lived on. It’s amazing how much my grandfather and great uncle knew about the area and the memories they were willing to share with me. I highly recommend that if you know anyone who has lived in Tay Valley Township for a long time that you ask them to share their stories with you (and us). You will be amazed at how different it once was.
If you or anyone you know has information regarding heritage and culture in Tay Valley Township, please contact me at the Tay Valley Township offices.