In 2010, the Historical Society released a revised edition of the 1985 Stone Houses of Old Townsend, to coincide with the Spruce Row Museum (now Waterford Heritage & Agricultural Museum) celebration of 25 years at the Pickle Factory. First written by Carole Barber, and updated by Alison Bell, it examines the 29 stone structures in Old Townsend Township.
Many of the houses were built by Alexander Skinner or George Wallace, both Scots. Wallace had previously worked on the construction of the Welland Canal.
Packed with pictures and new information, the book has been received very well by the community. Homeowners, genealogists and history buffs can all find something here to interest them.
We're working on making copies available from this site - until then, they are available at the Waterford Heritage & Agricultural Museum, or by contacting the Waterford & Townsend Historical Society.
The pictures below are recent colour pictures - the book is black and white.
(Here's a link to a short article in the Kitchener Post on the
Waterford Bowlby Stone House.)
Alison Bell is available to give a presentation on the Stone Houses and their builders. It is an entertaining show with lots of pictures and human interest - quite a bit of information that did not make it into the book - and it even includes a surprise journey inside a house you never thought you'd see ....
Index of Surnames in the