I LOVE old Victorian houses and it’s always been a dream of mine to someday own one.
There’s just something about the quality, the uniqueness, all the wood trim, the winding staircases, the fireplaces, and dusty attics filled with treasures of generations passed, with maybe a secret passage or ghost thrown in for good measure. When I visit museums housed in old houses like this, I just wish the walls could talk and spill their secrets of the joys and sorrows, daily routines and scandals, of their former occupants.
Brantford has many amazing examples of Victorian architecture so, in theory, I wouldn’t have to move far to satisfy my dream, if only I could win a lottery, or finish my book and sell a few million copies?
Check out these houses:
- Wynarden – a personal favourite!
- G. Gordon Caudwell House
- The Muir House
- Downs House
- Walter R. Turnbull Residence
- James L. Sutherland Residence
- Thorpe Brothers Funeral Home
If you’re interested in this sort of thing and/or researching details about old houses for a writing project, like I am, you can get some great information online from sites such as:
- Hathi Trust Digital Library where you can find documents like this:
- Wikimedia Commons where you can find pictures like this:
- Project Gutenberg
- Archive.org where you can find information like this:
And, don’t forget about Google Books and Google News.
Do you have a favourite old house where you live? If so, tell me about it in the comments.
Photo credit: Montgomery County Planning Commission on Flickr