Heritage Toronto Walk – Between the Bridge and the Brewery

Local historian and author Jon Harstone will be leading a walk through Trinity Bellwoods Park this Sunday as part of Heritage Toronto Walks 2012. The walk has the same title as his book “Between the Bridge and the Brewery” (which you can read in it’s entirety here) and Jon informs me that he will be giving special attention to the events surrounding the War of 1812.

Between the Bridge and the Brewery: Trinity Bellwoods Neighbourhood – Sunday June 24, 1:30 PM

The area around Trinity Bellwoods Park has changed considerably since the War of 1812 when a blockhouse guarded the ford across Garrison Creek. Explore some of the neighbourhood’s heritage sites – still standing and long vanished – and hear what local residents did in the war and how the community has evolved in the 200 years since.

LEADER: Jon Harstone
START POINT: Trinity Bellwoods Park, NW corner Queen St W and Gore Vale Ave
FINISH POINT: Halton and Givins Streets
LENGTH: Approx. 2 hours
FOCUS: Historical, architectural
DIFFICULTY: Walk on pavement and park grounds, some stairs

Major General The Honourable Aeneas Shaw, one of York’s earliest pioneers, was responsible for training the local militia to help defend the tiny town during the War of 1812. His house, Oak Hill, was located roughly near the corner of Harrison and Crawford streets, and his descendants lived in the neighbourhood for a number of years.

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