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History Lesson: Accessing the Tollendal Mill

In the 1800s, getting to the Tollendal Mill could be a precarious journey. The only access, before a bridge was built over Lover's Creek, was by way of water or the Tollendal Mill Road. This road ran west from the Penetanguishene Road (Yonge Street), down a steep downslope, over the Grand Trunk Railway (GTR) tracks and on to the grist mill on the west side of Lover's Creek. At the north side of the junction of the road with the [...]

Historically Happy Holiday Wishes from the BHA

By | December 24th, 2017|Categories: Barrie Historical Archive|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Members of the BHA celebrate their group award from Heritage Barrie. All the Barrie Historical Archive wants for Christmas is...you! Cliche? Maybe. But in earnest, we want you in 2018! We would be amazed [...]

Tiny Building Leaves Big Impression – BHA Monthly Meeting, November 1, 2017

By | October 31st, 2017|Categories: Barrie Historical Archive|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

It's just a tiny, clapboard building in Oro-Medonte, just a few kilometres from Barrie's city limits. But it's left a HUGE impression on our community. Now, learn about the HUGE undertaking required to restore the church, first constructed more [...]

A special message from our Chairman, Dr. Travis Doucette

By | July 14th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events|Tags: |

It would seem fitting that on Canada's 150th Birthday I finally let out a secret I've been keeping for 150 days: I'm moving to Florida in August! Many of you know my educational background and [...]

Back Stage Pass a Blast from the Past

By | April 20th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events, Historical Locations|Tags: , , |

A recent site visit provides glimpses into theatre's many glory days. Test, test and test again is how you de-risk an event so everything will run smoothly ... and that's just what we were doing [...]

Saying Goodbye to Anna: The East End Variety & Snack Bar Fades Away

By | March 29th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events, Historical Locations|Tags: |

“Hey Lang, you should go out of business more often!” shouted one jokester, but I doubt that that Lang even heard him over the drone of the kitchen exhaust fan, that was running full tilt, [...]

Notable Women of Barrie

By | March 8th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events, Historical Locations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The ladies of early Barrie, along with all of their Canadian sisters, laboured under the most extreme circumstances each and every day. Corseted and coiffed in the restrictive fashions of the day, their clothing was [...]

The Crock & Block Says “Goodnight”

By | February 25th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events, Historical Locations|Tags: , , |

I wrote this review just a few months ago, as a salute to one of the time-tested eateries of Barrie that were still soldiering on. Sadly, for fans of the Crock & Block, this piece [...]

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