How proud the builders of this brick house would have been. After several years of sheltering in a one-room log house while they cleared the forest and established cultivated fields, the family has achieved another milestone with the building of a solid brick house on a hill overlooking the farm. And it is a fine house with a door-case featuring a transom and sidelights, proud herringbone brick lintels above the windows, wide eight-over-eight sash windows, a second floor gable with a polychrome brick motif, two solid chimneys and a verandah from which to view the countryside in rare moments of leisure.
I snapped this house in the fading light of a January afternoon, on a sideroad off a concession road in Sidney township. I sought out the building because of a cryptic note printed on a map produced by the Quinte branch of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario. The map and the typed pages which accompanied it outlined a tour of Sidney township in Hastings county. The tour was put together in 1990 for a bus trip of homes and the agricultural past, to honour that township's bicentennial.