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Cottage Shack Articles: The Woodrow Homestead – Sept. 25, 2021

My name is Richard Jolliffe. As chair of Coldwater Canadiana Heritage Museum (CCHM) I invite you to visit us and experience life in rural Ontario during the times between 1830 and 1950.

Here is a very small sample of what you can experience as you wander about the property. The Woodrow Homestead and 6.5 acres on the Coldwater River was purchased in 1966 by a group of history buffs who then began the creation of CCHM. Subsequently the property was registered a Heritage Site.

It is hard to imagine this area being a farm when one looks out the front door of the homestead, no highway, no lumber yard, no buildings or structures of any kind. Picture a single level log structure built in the late 1830’s with a second level addition added on in 1864.

When Archibald Woodrow arrived from Scotland, his log building skills most likely would have been limited. The 15- and 20-inch squared-timber dovetail corner joints were constructed by skilled craftsmen. Unfortunately, we have no record of who actually built the homestead. It is hard to estimate the cost to build such a structure today even if you could find the materials and the skilled trades to do the work.

How difficult it must have been for Archibald, his wife Catherine and daughter Catherine to move from the island of Isley, Scotland across the ocean to a parcel of land in the wilds of Ontario Canada and to make a new life there was back in the early 1800s.

If I may add a personal note, Diane and I with two babies in tow purchased a 25-acre bush lot 37 years ago, cleared a spot and built a home to raise our family. We gleaned an appreciation of only some of the challenges Archibald and Catherine must have faced. From personal experience we are in awe of just how hard our antecedents had to work to develop this beautiful province of Ontario.

The fact that no famous person, prime minister or military man ever visited or slept at the Woodrow homestead is testimony to the people that worked so hard over the years to preserve this site as an example of the settlement program of the time in Ontario.

Oh yes, there is at least one interesting incident we know of that took place at the homestead. As the story is told, daughter Catherine eloped with George Borland. She climbed through a loft window as George waited at the Coldwater River with his canoe. And that is about all we know about that particular bit of history.

Brother Sandy Woodrow married and built a brick house which stood next to Timber Mart as you drive into Coldwater. It is long gone now. Bill Woodrow, Jim Woodrow, and Neil Woodrow, all bachelors, stayed on the homestead farm after Archibald and his wife Catherine passed. The other son and daughters all married and today many residents of the area trace their ancestry back to this homestead.

This is just a taste of this wonderful heritage museum and a smattering of our local history. Visit us soon. Bring friends and family. Admission is by donation.

See the original article at The Cottage Shack magazine

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Starting in Fall 2021, the Cory Realty team graciously partnered with members of the Coldwater Museum to publish exclusive Museum and local historical content that you can find on their site magazine The Cottage Shack. Every few weeks, members of the museum discuss an new topic central to artifacts and displays from the museum.

Now, we would like to also share the articles in our blog!

We hope you enjoy this new series of articles. Perhaps you will learn something new or be inspired come and see the artifacts in-person on your next visit!

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Canadiana Mini Fall Fair

In partnership with the Coldwater Fall Fair, the Coldwater Canadiana Heritage Museum is hosting a mini fall fair all-day SATURDAY, September 25.

Vendors, crafters, live music, United Church pies for sale, Lions BBQ.

Family and fall events throughout the day:

  • Mini Horse Show – Director: carol McIsaac
  • Poultry Show – Director: Josh Beard
  • Children’s Farm Olympics – Director: Angela Gibson
  • Antique Machinery
  • Zucchini Races

Admission: Donations Welcome

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Lawn Sale and Barbeque

Phone: (705) 955-1930

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We’re on Instagram

We are now on Instagram, follow us at coldwatercanadiana for daily updates and content on displays, events, and our grounds!

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New Community Event!

You are invited to join friends at the Coldwater Canadiana Museum beginning on Tuesday, July 27 anytime between 10 am and 3 pm. We want to start a new reoccurring event called “Canadiana Community Days” on the Museum grounds every Tuesday from July 27 to August 31.

No admission fee required and the picnic area is always open. Plan to get together with old friends and meet new ones as you practice your craft at your local Museum.

All Crafters are invited to bring a project to work on, a chair, and a lunch if you wish. Some craft materials will be available to try. Free basic instruction by experienced crafters may be offered.

Accompanied children are welcome. There will be activities in the schoolhouse and playhouse.

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Museum Open!

The Coldwater Canadiana Heritage Museum is open to the public for this summer!

We are grateful for our community and visitors’ patience during this unpredictable spring, so we are proud to announce that, as of July 6, the Museum’s grounds and buildings are now open to the public. Our Museum remains admission by donation. Visitors are required to wear masks and complete a COVID questionnaire by staff.

We offer self-guided tours of the out-buildings and grounds and include a guided tour of the Woodrow Homestead. Visitors have the option of pre-booking tours of the Museum, which may appeal to larger groups, though is not required. Stay tuned for further updates!

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Every year, the CCHM publishes a newsletter capturing the projects and events completed for the season and we want to make these available for you to enjoy as well! This is also a great way to stay in touch with the announcements and news of the CCHM.

If you’re interested in becoming more involved, please reach out to us through the Contact page; the CCHM thrives today because of community engagement!

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Sawbones Society Nominated for ORAH Awards

Greetings! After two months following the final episode release of the Sawbones Society season 1, this passion project is making news again!

On October 14, the Orillia & District Arts Council (ODAC) announced Sarah Pickard (director and actor of the project) is one of four nominated for the Heritage: Restoration, Renovation, and Publication Award, which recognizes an individual or group who brought to life regional history through a physical restoration or creation of a permanent public record.

This is one of the five categories for the Orillia Regional Arts & Heritage (ORAH) Awards, and the third annual year this has been organized by the Orillia & District Arts Council with the Orillia Museum of Art and History.

The awards ceremony will be held online this year. You can watch it at 7 p.m. on November 25 on the OMAH or ODAC Facebook pages.

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Sawbones Society Working With Blood

Welcome back! Did you enjoy watching the first season of the Sawbones Society? Were you shocked at the amount of blood in this season? (so were we!) Watch the video below if you want to know how we worked with fake blood to create all those shocking scenes. Or click here to learn more and browse our other Sawbones Society content.

Special credit to Larisa Pakalns for footage and creating this video.