June 19, 2017

This week, Vintage Westport is venturing out of the village and taking a peek at some of the outlying schools in the district.  Back in the days of the one-room schoolhouses, children would walk for miles every day to class and some would even hop on the B&W and ride t...

June 19, 2017

Continuing last week’s post, “A Look at Blair’s Store”, we are going to take another glimpse at some memories of the store that stood on the corner of Main and Bedford Streets.  Were you in the village at the time of the fire, and were you one of the many gathered on t...

June 19, 2017

Blair’s Store was a Westport landmark that stood on the southeast corner of Main and Bedford Streets.  One of the last big fires of commercial properties within the boundaries of the village, Blair’s was destroyed in 1963.

Do you recognize the annex to The Cove in the b...

June 19, 2017

Because today is St. Patrick’s Day, and many in the village will be celebrating their Irish heritage, I thought it would be fitting to put in an excerpt from The Book of Westport.

“Irish-Catholic roots run very strong in Westport. In the 1850’s, a great number of weddin...

June 19, 2017

Last week we took a look at the west end of the  Mill Pond and saw the International Buckle Factory in its glory days before the fire that destroyed it in 1909.  Back in the early 1900s, the Upper Mills was the location of the Buckle Factory, The Electric Light and Mil...

June 19, 2017

The west-end of The Mill Pond was once home to the International Buckle Factory, which was built around 1903 and destroyed by fire in 1909. Mount-View Hospital was operated by Dr. Berry and Dr. Singleton, with nurses Alice and Rebecca Lynn, from the 1890s until the 192...

June 19, 2017

The following is an excerpt from the Book of Westport:

“When the village awoke on Saturday, July 1st, [1905] they were surprised to find that the Westport woolen mill and electric light dam had broken during the night and carried away the Sand Lake dam, the buckle facto...

June 19, 2017

Before The Cove was The Cove, it was the Tweedsmuir (or ‘The Tweeds’ as many would remember).  But prior to The Tweeds, it was called The Lexena.

Alex and Lena Brown combined their names to give The Lexena its title.  It operated as a hotel/inn for many years and s...

June 19, 2017

Before it was the bank, it was… the bank.  The Merchant’s Bank was opened in the old Cameron Hotel in the late 1800s, and has remained a bank since that time.  In 1913 a second financial institution opened in the village; the Union Bank was located on the corner of Mai...

June 19, 2017

“The Death of Wm Foley occurred at his home here on Feb 7th 1917 of Appoplexy.  He fell in the Cellar where he had went to get an Apple to eat before retiring.  Father D. E. Foley of Toronto said his Funeral Mass & Father ORourke sang the Libera.  Pallbearers – B.J. Mc...