The bus tour begins at 9:30 a.m. from the Trent Valley Archives, at the corner of Carnegie Avenue and Woodland Avenue, Peterborough. There is overflow parking at the neighboring Wayside School. The bus will return to Trent Valley Archives at about 3:30 p.m. There will be visits to St. John’s Church, Hutchison House Museum (where we will have lunch) and at Clonsilla. Thomas and Catharine Parr Traill arrived in Peterborough in the summer of 1832, and stayed from August to November, before moving to Lakefield. While staying in Peterborough, Catharine was introduced to pursuits that characterized the rest of her life. She was captivated by the plants she found, and by the people she met. There are still reminders of the Peterborough of the 1830s, many with connections to the summer of 1832. Elwood Jones, author, archivist and historian, will lead a bus tour that reveals many elements of the Peterborough of the 1830s that greeted the Traills. This will be the first time this tour has been offered, and there are no plans to remount it. The Trent Valley Archives is marking the 180th anniversary of the arrival of the Traills and this seemed the best way to do so. The main points of interest will be: 1. Whitla’s Rapids [now Lock 19] 2. Rogers’ Cove, Ashburnham 3. Downtown end of Hunter Street Bridge 4. St. John’s Anglican Church 5. Simcoe and Water 6. Hutchison House (lunch and tour) 7. Park and Charlotte 8. Clonsilla 9. Jackson Park 10. Auburn Because of the capacity of the sites visited, and the bus, we are limited to 35 participants. Tickets are $75, which includes the cost of lunch and a special tour at Hutchison House. Click on the button above to register online, or call 705-745-4404.
The summer of 1832: the Traills Encounter Backwoods Peterborough
Bus tour, 29 August 2012
Marking 180th anniversary of the arrival of Thomas and Catharine Parr Traill