|sadly, this 33 acre farm was for sale - future estate lots|
For me, one such place is Lakeshore Road, which winds close to the edge of the bluff/beach of Lake Ontario, west from Colborne. From this winding road which respects the topography (no rock cuts or overpasses to make it an idiot-proof drive) and snuggles up to trees and fences, one can time travel. I won't say more. Just go.
Port Britain, according to an account by Ann King Sculthorpe at an ACO meeting in 1985, was settled in 1796 or '97 by a Samuel William Marsh, UEL from Vermont, who built the Port Britain mill.
The hamlet became a c.19 industrial village, its best years around 1856/7 when the harbour and Grand Trunk railway were built (and if you watched Downton Abbey on Sunday, you know what happened to that endeavour).
|the rowlock bond cottage|
If this does not strike a chord with you, best visit 'The Settler's Dream', or wait til I post Row,Row,Row.
('Homesteads' by McBurney and Byers has an endearing account of their meeting).
You might pass the hamlet by, should your eye not be caught by the diminuitive scale of the homes set so close to the road.
I read somewhere that over 200 ship's masts were sold to the Royal Navy in one year. Which no doubt explains the absence of first-growth pine, also noted in Prince Edward County, due to the navy's enthusiasm for our tall straight trees.
|perhaps this is the portal?|