It’s Wayback Wednesday, sponsored by Jamie Lockwood, broker/owner of Sutton Group Muskoka Realty!
This 1898 image shows members of the Brown, Campbell, Henderson, and Bushnell families gathered for a picnic.
In the front row (from left) are Mrs. John Campbell and son Karl “Scotty”, W.H. (William Henry) Brown (considered Baysville’s founder), Mrs. Hattie Bushnell with daughter Elsie, Mrs. W.H. (Elizabeth) Brown, William Brown (W.H’s grandson), and Fred Brown. In the middle row are Ethel Campbell (Scotty’s sister), Alexander Henderson, and Mrs. Len Henderson (Mary Langmaid Henderson) with her son, Trevor. At the top are Lowell Brown (Fred’s son) and Pulford Henderson. Mrs. Campbell, Mrs. Bushnell and Fred Brown are W.H. and Elizabeth’s children.
Baysville was the second village on Lake of Bays to be settled, after Dorset. W.H. Brown was its first resident of European descent.
Brown served as Justice of the Peace in 1872. He was Reeve of McLean and Ridout from 1876 to 1885, and Warden of Victoria County in 1885.
He built a sawmill to the southwest of the current bridge in Baysville, and constructed a dam in 1873 to power it.
The building where Miss Nelle’s is today, the second building to be constructed in the village, was also built by W.H Brown, in 1872.
Across the street is an old brick home, known as the Brown house or Scott’s place, built by W.H. Brown the same year. The home also served as the village post office, from 1874 to 1920, and later became a bed and breakfast operated by Shirley Burton, W.H.’s great-granddaughter.
You’ll find this photo displayed in the parkette just below the Baysville dam. Details courtesy of the Baysville Heritage Walking Tour.
See more Wayback Wednesday photos here.
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