Ancestral Roofs

"In Praise of Older Buildings"

Sunday, October 28, 2012

"Curiouser and curiouser" *

Just got an email from my brother with a link to a Quinte News heritage designations in PEC. Anywhere! Always good news.

But I am curious, and intend to investigate, the designation of 'The Stryker Log House' which, I am wondering, might be this worthy building, spotted last spring. I did a double-take at the time, as it was standing in its distinctive glory in a field that had been empty when our grandparents, Wilmot and Helen (Dodge) Striker, lived their lives next door in the stone house built by our UEL ancestor there in about 1865.

This log structure, which was salvaged and meticulously restored by the owners, was brought from another location - and I believe it was moved into PEC from outside the county.  It certainly tells log construction story very well, but it misses the mark when it tries to tell the PEC settlement story - especially that of the Strikers (who incidentally, were using the Striker spelling by 1779).

Must check it out with the very informed owners. In the meantime, the designation remains a curious one.

*Just ask Alice at Askville

...and curiouser!
A day later,  I spoke with the owner of the log house above, imported from Lennox and Addington county to this field. BUT, and this is the interesting part - the Stryker log house which has just been designated came from even farther afield, from Waterloo County, and has been carefully reconstructed at Long Point, PEC. It has been designated for its very unique log building detail - can't wait to find and see it and photograph it - and add it to this post!! And the most curious part? It was built by a family named Stryker (the old spelling of our maternal line) in 1840. Both Janice, the owner, and I are now very keen to revisit the Stryker/Striker family history books to see if an ancestor might have migrated north later in the Ontario settlement story.

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