Monday, August 8, 2011

Goderich: Tour of "The Ridge" - August 28th

The following is an e-mail from event organizers:

For anyone who is interested in heritage, this is a MUST SEE! The "Ridge" is an absolutely stunning home nestled high on the north bank of the Maitland River overlooking the Port of Goderich.

The view alone is worth the price of the ticket, although there is so much more to the tour. Get yours now before they're gone!

The following is an update of previously circulated info:

Please help us correct some mis-information just erroneously published:
1. "The Ridge" house (ca. 1828) tours of the Homan residence are, in fact, ONE HOUR TOURS
- plus additional time in the gardens, time for refreshments (included in the ticket price)
- even a 1928 video & a plethora of maps and photos in the carriage house following the guided tour.

Tours will commence every 15 minutes - on an advance ticket, reserved time basis. There are four guides that will help you through your visit, each in vintage costumes for the era being presented. Each tour group will consist of only 12 persons, to ensure that your time is personalized as much as possible.

Tickets are $50 per person; only 300 tickets can be sold to accommodate everyone comfortably. They are available in Goderich at the following businesses Huronia on Suncoast Drive as well as Banter, MacEwan & Feagan Insurance on South Street.

Keith has also collated a detailed & colourful history of this property that offers an illustrated overview of the fascinating story of "The Ridge" beginning with its 1828 origins under Baron de Tulye and the successor families that have lived there. Books will be available for purchase at a special reduced price at the tour.
All proceeds from the tour are dedicated to support the restoration of the COLBORNE CEMETERY GATES and "THE WALK IN THE PAST" events for students of Colborne PS,  as scheduled for September.

Reg Thompson will also host complimentary tours of the newly-plaqued heritage parkette at the nearby Dunlop Tomb site:

Reg, a County employee at the Goderich Public Library, has collated an extensive history of Dr. William "Tiger" Dunlop and his planned town site "Gairbraid".

Much new and informative detail about Dunlop, founder of Goderich, and his chosen estate location, is presented on these new illustrated plaques in the parkette surrounding the walled tomb of the Dunlop brothers, Robert's wife Louisa, and her McColl relatives.
Access to the Tomb site is from River Ridge Crescent, (formerly Tomb Road). Reg will be on site from noon until 4pm for those who wish to stop by.
For those who are interested in just supporting the cemetery gates project, there are 1879 historic poster maps of Colborne Township available at the Goderich Co-op Gallery - suitable for framing - at $20 eac
Please pass this information along to anyone you know who might have an interest in these rare heritage opportunities.

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