|view from the hill|
So to verify this opinion (admittedly, it was ventured in 1978 and I have no way to check), I dived into my files and rediscovered some photos I'd taken on a visit not long ago.
Now, we've been there several times since, but my first visit was on a Hastings County Historical Society bus tour of Hastings County ghost towns. Later we returned to have the quiet hamlet all to ourselves, and enjoy this bucolic spot in the deep cleft of the Salmon River valley. It's fascinating to time-travel back to when it was a bustling industrial centre.
|Harlan House chats with passers-by|
And of course, anyone who knows the village knows it's alive and well. I cite the following evidence:
I would suggest unique and wonderful ceramic artist Harlan House whose studio provides a creative centre from its hillside location.
|public domain, can't recall the source|
|brings out the artist in anyone's soul|
There is an architectural renaissance about. The c.1868 Wesleyan Methodist Church is being restored. Artist craftsman Michael Rutland was commissioned to refurbish the windows in this wonderful stone church at the top of the village, which still holds a service every June.
'Books by chance or appointment' might be the sign in The Watermark Books window. Don't know when this treasure trove of collectable books is open, but I applaud the work and wisdom of the individuals who brought the lovely stone store back to life.
|a fanciful Regency cottage restored|
Further on, a very historic double stone house is reported to be home of the village's first telephone exchange.
Don't know much about this Regency restoration, but loved the rooftop monitor, the picturesque chimneys, the doorcase. Perched at the top of the hill overlooking the Salmon River gorge (the side lawn would appear to be at 45 degrees), it's just the spot for a Regency cottage (although it would have overlooked a great deal of industry in the early days.)
So does Lonsdale look like a ghost town to you? They appear to be doing very well, thank you.