Thank you to Susan for hosting "OUTDOOR WEDNESDAY". @
Today I chose to show for Outdoor Wednesday this old house in the city in a park like setting ............ I love this home. I went last week to this home because it held a Christmas Past Fair. I go every year and buy some handcrafted Christmas ornaments. But mostly what I remember of this home is that I got married here about 22 years ago. We rented the home for the whole day and said our vows. In 3 years we will do our 25th Wedding Anniversary here with all our friends and family.
Inside they have really gorgeous Victorian furniture and most of it is original. I didn't get to take any inside pictures, it was very, very crowded and almost everyone was walking single file one after another. So, I think I would have not been able to get any good snapshots.
History of the house;
Peter Shaver, was the builder of the house. The eighth child of William and Mary Catherine Schaeffer, he was born in Ancaster, Ontario in 1809. It is believed that the children of William and Mary anglicized the family name to Shaver. It is not known exactly when he came to Etobicoke [ a suburb of Toronto], however, with one of the first land deeds for the area, 21 year old Peter purchased 100 acres to farm. It was a rather primitive part of Ontario, for all that existed were fields of black walnut trees. Two years later he would marry Esther Vansickle, whose ancestors had come from the Netherlands. They had six children.
Peter Shaver who was the grandfather of James Shaver Woodsworth, founder of the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation and a leader in social reform. It is interesting to note that the house remained in the same family from the time it was built until its relocation.
Front of the house, in the summer time they have beaytiful flowers all planted around and an apple orchard surrounding the property.
Side of the house where the kitchen has a walk out.
I guess if you wanted some water in the old days you had to venture out here to the well.