I even accosted a friendly dog-walker, who kindly directed me to a number of older homes he appreciated in his regular visits to the village.
But Lee couldn't recall the pair of over-dressed Victorians I was wondering about. I was determined that those houses stood along the river!
What this turned out to be, was the mind playing tricks. The battle of Hastings.
I leave Tom Cruickshank to say something sensible to rescue this post from silliness. In Old Ontario Houses (Firefly Books, 2000) he describes the twins as "dazzling essays in Queen Anne exuberance," listing the "profusion of stained glass windows, spoolwork trim and fish-scale shingles...cone-roofed towers, bay windows and..tiered verandahs."
They are called the Doxcee houses, built c1900 by a local lumber merchant, from plans drafted by an architect from New York. Cruickshank relates that the plans were found in the attic of the yellow house while it was being restored.
They look like Victorian summer cottages, although I insist they would be much nicer situated along the river.
And these two stand on Main Street screened behind majestic old trees, with a view of the lake (although a bit compromised by later builds) recalling the days when Wellington was a breezy resort community far away from the bustle.