20 Years From Now...

"20 YEARS FROM NOW," Mark Twain said, “you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than the ones you did.”THIS online journal is dedicated to our next 20 years!

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Millbrook 'n Marg

We've visited this region of the province many, many times, but we'd never been to Millbrook.

The town began in 1816 when an Irish immigrant built the first mill on the site where Needler's Mill still stands today.

To the far right of the mill is the community center. John and I parked outside, and heard loud music coming from inside. We had to check out the ruckus, and were surprised to find a group of seniors with figure and/or hockey skates strapped on their feet, all boogeying to the music!

The downtown section is quite appealing with lots of little shops and stores.

I've never seen such elaborate four-storey buildings in a small Ontario town before. 

Check out those top window decorations. They're like something one would find in Europe. Another interesting fact about Millbrook is there are more than 45 designated historic buildings in the town. That's more per capita than any other Ontario town.

While this mural below glorifies the railway, the rail lines actually caused the decline of the town in the 1880s. That's when the Canadian west opened up to new settlement and Millbrook's population dropped by half.

Our main purpose for visiting Millbrook, however, was to visit a wonderful woman we've know for 45 years. Marg now resides at Centennial Place.

We shared a few laughs and many precious memories while we ate a delicious lunch in a private dining area reserved for residents and their guests. We're so glad to have spent a few hours with this amazing woman. 

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