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Old November 5th, 2013, 07:17 PM   #1
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The beautiful Town of Ancaster!

I would like to post pictures
of a lovely village close to Hamilton, called Ancaster. Ancaster was settled by Europeans in 1793, and has retained a picturesque "village" feel. It is
nestled into the Niagara Escarpment, which gives it a very scenic setting. I'll start by roaming around the pretty Gothic Revival style St John's Anglican
Church, which was built in 1869, to replace the burnt older church built in 1824.





I love old graveyards! The tombstones carry so many stories...



When poor young Phebe Ann Goodenough died......



it's a shame her husband didn't then hook up with Jane Mutchmore!!





I think that often children's grave markers are the most touching and tender of all. Here rests a little lamb. Sometimes when the child died before it could
be baptised, nothing was written on the marker because technically it had not entered the congregation yet:



what a lovely soft, warm colour the local limestone is.





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Old November 5th, 2013, 07:18 PM   #2
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Moving along, we encounter the handsome 1871 Ancaster Township Hall. It is a simple ecclesiastical looking building in its own right, with a few Neoclassical embellishments
added to give it some grandeur; most notably a Greek Revival entry portico. That style had swept the USA, but was used sparingly here in Upper Canada, because memories of the
War of 1812 were still strong and it was often thought of as being too American looking. However, it was used very effectively here, as was the Italiante cupola on top.




Autumn leaves were at their prettiest this past weekend:



At this point I should mention that I had a bit of bewilderment trying to unravel the age of some of Ancaster's buildings. There seems to be quite a bit of
confusing information on various websites (tending to place some of the buildings as being older than they are), so I've done my best to seek out the
most scholarly of the studies for answers. The dates I give are the closest that I can reckon. Here is Rousseau House, or as it was originally called "Rousseaux House".
It dates anywhere from 1838 to the 1860's, depending on where I looked:






The old Tisdale House is claimed to be the oldest building in Ancaster and generally pegged at being built around 1806. The Police now use it as their station,
and a sign outside confusedly refers to it as circa 1825. So, I really have no idea who is right.



I approached the old Union Hotel, and this one was very difficult to nail down the age. As far as I can ascertain, it was built in 1832, and the front part is original.
I believe the back part was rebuilt some 30 years later.

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Old November 5th, 2013, 07:19 PM   #3
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Regardless, it has one of the best little pubs I have ever come across in Canada, a real first class little neighbourhood Public House called the Coach and Lantern:



Let's pop in for a few moments to this quaint, Ivy covered establishment:









This sign greeted me upon entry, and it made me laugh out loud:



In other words, keep control of your children! Already I liked the place, just reading that.



It was still mid Sunday afternoon, but a rollicking crowd was enjoying a live blues/jazz band:





I would dearly have loved to pull up a barstool and ordered a Pint, but my friends were waiting outside for me.

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Out I went into the light misty rain, so that we could move on to see the Old Ancaster Mill (1869), one of the few remaining operable grist-mills of its era in Ontario.
The first mill was built here in 1791, and burned down an incredible four times before this latest one went up:







an old side building is now used for special events:





Ancaster's many streams and hilly terrain made it prime location for a mill:







The light was fading, so we hopped into the car and drove back to nearby
Hamilton. I'll post a few more photos from Hamilton, very soon!
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Very nice tour, TB! Thank you for showing us part of the true village of Ancaster!
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Nice photos! Thats a really cool pub!! the children espresso sign is hilarious
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Looks like an area of Rivendell from lord of the rings.

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Wow, you are right! I am not really familiar with LOTR but I can see that resemblance!

Yes, the children/espresso sign made me laugh out loud!
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Never seen that side of Ancaster. It seemed like just another boring old suburb every time I went. Where is this exactly? Because whenever I go there, all I see is contemporary-styled houses and roads.
This reminds of Niagara on the Lake.
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Well... I don't drive and when my friends drive me I don't pay attention. This is the pub, however, and from that you can figure out how to get there!

http://www.coachandlantern.ca/
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TB, if you like old buildings, Guelph is for the most part really nice for that sort of stuff and has a ton of century homes basically on all sides of downtown within a few kilometers...
Nice place to visit during the day, but definitely not as pleasant at night, especially after the pubs close.

Anyways, when I lived there, I always thought that this was one of my favorite street corners: https://www.google.ca/maps/@43.5442876,-80.2477586,3a,75y,300.7h,88.46t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sexunEPeSMyep5lzTd-VY6g!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!6m1!1e1
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Although the French captured Canada during the late 1700s, its colonization by GB seems to have bled into the architecture. Right?
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