Pause Awhile, Part 2

Post office to tea room, The History of 31 Main Street South

Throughout most of its commercial history, the building at 31 Main Street South has been known as the Old Waterdown Post Office. When the postal service was Read more

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Pause Awhile, Part 1

A landmark restored

The recent renovations of the Main Street South landmark known as ‘Pause Awhile’ has returned the building to its place of importance in the history of the community.

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The story behind Memorial Park

Park a Tribute to those who served

During the early months of 1946, the pressing need for a village park where outdoor activities could be held was discussed by a number of prominent Waterdown residents.

The issue of the Read more

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The Jam Factory, Part 2

Nicholson & Stetler

The brief ownership of the stone building at 40 Mill Street North by the Slater family during the late 1880s was followed by a succession of commercial operations that included a flour and feed mill, a Read more

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The Jam Factory, Part 1

Jam Factory

Located close to the other fine stone buildings in the Mill and Dundas Street area, the massive two-storey stone structure known as the jam factory is the only remaining example connected to the village’s industrial past. The Read more

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Valley Inn, Part 2

Tales of The Valley Inn

The Valley Inn Hotel, reputedly built by John Yakes of East Flamborough Township, was a two-storey frame structure with a magnificent verandah running the whole length of the front façade. Two gables were added Read more

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Valley Inn, Part 1

The crossroads

The famous sound of cars crossing the Bailey bridge at Valley Inn is no more since the decision was made to close the road to all vehicular traffic in 2009. What was once a key crossroads at Read more

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Grace Church at 150, Part 3

Grace Church in the 20th Century: A new century, a new minister

Following the departure of Rev. Higginson, Rev. Thomas McKim came in 1906 and in 1908, Rev. J. Douglas. Again, there was a period of activity during this Read more

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Grace Church at 150, Part 2

Growing Grace

Rev. Stewart Houston, who took charge of the parish in 1866, also ministered to the congregations at Lowville and later St. Matthew-on-the-Plains in Aldershot. During his incumbency, more than $900 was raised by subscription to erect a Read more

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Grace Church at 150, Part 1

Graceful beginnings

On February 4, 1847, Frederick Feilde and his wife Elizabeth Gildart Campbell donated the deed for land on the north side of the village of Waterdown to Rev. John Strachan, Lord Bishop of Toronto and his successors. Read more

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