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September 11, 2016

Take a drive back in time and experience the lives of the pioneers who settled the northwest corner of the county of Victoria.

Their livelihood ebbed and flowed with the logging trade through the first quarter of the 20th century. After that, farming involved much hard work and struggle in this area where the limestone plains and igneous rocks of the Canadian Shield converge (known locally as The Land Between).

The unique diversity of flora and fauna will make your visit memorable.

To volunteer for Doors Open Kawartha Lakes:

Contact: Mike Sloboda
Email: m.sloboda@sympatico.ca

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Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available

Dalrymple United Church

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474 Lake Dalrymple Road
Sebright, Ontario
Year built: 1922
Building type: Place of worship
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The beautiful stained-glass windows of this lovely brick church celebrate many of the founding families of the area. The original oak pews are still in use. The legacy of the area's warmth and hospitality continues at community dinners held on the third Friday of each month. This Doors Open event will feature quilt displays, home baking and an afternoon tea.
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Kid-friendly

Five Gables

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33 Loon Drive
Sebright, Ontario
Year built: 1870s
Style: Log structure
Building type: Private residence
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This waterfront house on Lake Dalrymple, formerly known as Mud Lake, was designed to incorporate the log house that had been built on the Fox farm in the late 1870s. The logs were moved individually and the house reassembled on the present site. Subsequent additions were built in a complimentary style.
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Kett Burial Ground

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Sadowa Road, Lot 28, Concession 7
Dalton, Ontario
Year built: 1865
Building type: Cemetery
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In 1865, James Kett moved from Mariposa Township with most of his family to a one-square-mile (2.6-square-kilometre) land grant in the Township of Dalton. He named the place Sadowa and proceeded to settle and farm there. He set aside this small plot of land near his original homestead as a family burial ground.
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Longford Lumber Company

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3560 Victoria Road
Kirkfield, Ontario
Year built: 1875
Style: Vernacular
Building type: Private residence
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Constructed in 1875 by John Thompson of the Longford Lumber Company, this building served as office, supply depot and boarding house for local logging operations. Many original features still exist – including the front entrance staircase, the floor-to-ceiling tongue-and-groove bead-board panelling and the window and door trim. Enjoy this rare opportunity to tour the building – now a private residence.
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Morton Homestead

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220 Morton Lane
Sebright, Ontario
Year built: 1864
Style: Log structure
Building type: Private residence
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thomas Morton purchased 200 acres (81 hectares) of land here in 1863. This squared-log home was built in 1864 and remained in the Morton family until about 2004. The current owners restored the home to its original state.
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Self-guided tours available

Mud Lake Cemetery

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121 McNabb Road
Sebright, Ontario
Building type: Cemetery
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In 1865, Joel Day – one of the earliest settlers in the area – donated land for a common school. The Mud Lake congregation worshipped there, and part of the schoolyard was used as a cemetery. In 1896, a new school was built nearby, and this location remained the cemetery. The City of Kawartha Lakes now cares for it.
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Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Quaker Oaks Farm

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789 Monck Road
Sebright, Ontario
Telephone: 705-833-2370
Year built: 1890
Building type: Attraction, Commercial, Food and drink
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Joseph Thompson, first reeve of Dalton Township, homesteaded here; this farm remained in the Thompson family until 1984. Mark and Judy Spurr, who developed Riverdale Farm in Toronto, later purchased it. In 1996, the Spurr family moved to the farm and now operate it as a bakery, gift shop and farm-gate destination.
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Partial wheelchair access
Self-guided tours available

Sadowa Cemetery

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7478 Sadowa Road
Dalton, Ontario
Building type: Cemetery
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This one-acre (0.4-hectare) plot of land was donated by the Kett family for use as a place of worship and burial ground in the late 1890s. Lovingly cared for by the Eldridge/Black families over the last several decades, this cemetery is now tended by the City of Kawartha Lakes.
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T. Walter Deverell Sugar Shack

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570 Dalrymple Road
Sebright, Ontario
Year built: 1876
Building type: Commercial
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Deverell evaporator house (sugar shack) produced maple syrup from 1876 until 1980. The building was restored in 2012. In the early 1950s, the original evaporator was replaced by a new one that, in a good year, produced 500 gallons of syrup – boiling it for 24 hours a day for about five weeks.
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Kid-friendly
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Victoria Falls

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Black River Road
Dalton Township, Ontario
Landscape type: Natural heritage
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Victoria Falls provides a spectacular view of the Black River and is an excellent spot to enjoy a picnic while contemplating the history of logging in the area. Longford Township was heavily logged, and the logs were floated down the Black River to mills in Coopers Falls and Longford Mills. The last big log drive was around 1928.
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Kid-friendly
Self-guided tours available

Wylie Road Cabin

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1 Wylie Road
Sebright, Ontario
Landscape type: Conservation area
Building type: Private residence
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This rustic cabin was home to several generations of the pioneer Wylie family. The nearby log barns show the ingenuity of these Irish immigrants, who survived on a once-harsh landscape now known for wildflowers and birds. Catch a glimpse of the struggles of these hardy pioneers and discover how they overcame odds to create a ranching legacy that continues today.