It’s Wayback Wednesday, sponsored by Pharmasave Huntsville!
In this photo, Pat and Doreen McIlroy are skiing on the Watson farm, overlooking the beaver meadow pond on Brunel Road sometime in the 1950s. Thirty-one acres of the Watson’s farm was sold in 1961 to the Rotary Club of Huntsville for the purpose of developing a pioneer village. By 1964 there were three buildings on the new site. The Rotary Club made construction of a pioneer village its centennial project and with federal grants and additional fundraising, the Centennial Muskoka Museum opened in June 1967. By 1971, the village had seven buildings and a volunteer group, the Friends of the Muskoka Pioneer Village, came into being to research and furnish the buildings and catalogue the museum collection. Today, it’s called Muskoka Heritage Place. (Photo and details courtesy of Muskoka Digital Archives.)
Last week we shared this photo:
This is Hofland’s Groceteria, year unknown, close to Christmas. The store was at 45 Main St. East, which would have been where the Algonquin Theatre is today. Among the wares on display are boxes of Peak Freen’s biscuits (lower right), Brazil nuts (centre) for 19 cents per pound, Salada tea, and what looks like Campbell’s soup tins on some of the shelves. Can you identify anything else? (Photo courtesy of the Muskoka Heritage Place collection)
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