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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Mystery in Colebrook(e)

 I was on a photo quest one colour tour day this week, when I heeded that side road siren call, and made the turn into Colebrook (or is it Colebrooke, the road signs seem to debate the point.) I visited one of my favourite Georgian houses, and once more marvelled at the frame house next door with its very similar portico. And loved the leaves, and the reflections in the peaceful Napanee River.



 I was heading into Frontenac County, but for some reason, turned the wrong way onto Colebrooke Road and began immediately to look for a turnaround spot in this rural subdivision area. When I spotted this....this barn! What was someone thinking? Add your questions here: _________

Fortunately the place was for sale, so I searched for the Remax listing. It advertised 'Vacant Land' with a 60x40 barn in good condition. I'll say - although the neoclassical portico is on the wrong side of the building, technically, and the fanlight tracery is painted on. But what rules apply in this case, I just really don't know.
a frame front-gable house...




love how similar the two door treatments are
...with its haughty neighbour in limestone
 So if you are fortunate enough to live in Stone Mills township (as they call it post amalgamation), let me know the story! Here are some of the reasons I would consider myself fortunate, were I living in Colebrook with an E.


2 comments:

  1. Hi there, I was searching online to see if the barn you photographed had been sold since it is across the street from my Grandmother's house and my Dad grew up on the property. What a coincidence that you had such beautiful pictures of not only the restored barn but also my family's previous farmhouse and an old barn and drive house we still own further up the road. The door treatments are likely similar since all three properties are owned by the same person, who lives in the stone house. He bought the farm house next to the stone house and the restored barn and surrounding property from my Grandfather many years ago. I hope that helps with your quest!

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  2. Thanks for writing, Laina, and solving the mystery in Colebrooke. Glad you found 'ancestralroofs' - do visit again.

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