In celebration of Ontario Heritage Week, the Springwater Heritage Advisory Committee is pleased to take you on a virtual exploration of three local heritage properties through its Heritage at Home initiative.
Ontario Heritage Week provides an annual opportunity for communities across the province to celebrate Ontario's natural and cultural heritage. In 2023, Ontario Heritage Week will occur from February 20 to 26.
Date of Official Heritage Designation: July 9, 2001 as per By-law 2001-085
Crossland General Store is located on the southwest corner of Crossland Road (Simcoe County Road 29) and Flos Road Seven West. Its prominent location encroaching onto the crossroads is typical of the many general stores which were once a common feature of the rural Ontario landscape.
Date of Official Heritage Designation: January 16, 2012 as per By-law 2012 -002
The Martingrove House is located at 1407 Flos Road 8 West, former Township of Flos. The house was built around 1906 and is of cultural heritage value as an example of an Ontario farmhouse, aptly named in honour of the Martin family who farmed the property for many years. Agriculture was very important and vital to the Township of Flos.
Date of Official Heritage Designation: October 18, 1999 as per By-law 99-117
The Parker House, located at 16 Yonge Street South in Elmvale, was built in 1899 for Albert Parker and his wife Jennie (nee Drysdale). The Parkers likely built the house as a showplace. Albert Parker was a stone and brick mason who became well known for building fine brick homes in the Elmvale/Flos area at the turn of the century. The Parkers purchased the vacant lot where the Parker House now stands in the year of their marriage, 1897. His wife Jennie was the daughter of James Drysdale and Mary Ritchie.
|Q&A with Property Owner Linda Minduik
Q. How long have you owned your property?
I bought the property in 2008; the closing date was July 31, 2008.
Q. What is your favourite thing about owning a heritage property?
I think the house itself is what I fell in LOVE with. It's so grand and has so much character in every space. It is definitely not a cookie cutter build—it is one of a kind. The size of each room was large and I was moving from a house that was open concept, so I needed lots of space in each area. It was so nice from the outside and I could not wait to see the inside when I booked a showing. I LOVE old things, so much history! Honestly, I like the fact that the Heritage Advisory Committee checks on the house annually to make sure we are maintaining all the wonderful features. It gives me an opportunity to meet more members of this wonderful small town.
Q. What drew you to this type of property?
I am from a small town and worked at RVH thus the location was great! The important necessities such as schools and grocery store all with walking distance was a big plus for me. I honestly, LOVED the look of the house! It was almost Love at first sight.
Date of Official Heritage Designation: June 2, 2021 as per By-law 2021-058
The Anten Mills Community Centre is located at 3985 Horseshoe Valley Road West, in the former Township of Vespra. It was originally built in 1882, as a one room school house to educate children in the village. With much of its historical characteristics still in place and evident, the Township of Springwater designated the structure a historic site in 2021.
The school ceased to operate in 1968 as the children of the community were bussed to Minesing to attend school there. In the fall of 1971, it was suggested by a new resident that there should be a rink for the children of the community to skate on. A meeting of 18 local interested people took place on October 17, 1971 in the schoolhouse which had been temporarily reopened. The then Township of Vespra encouraged local residents to form a community association and on October 27, 1971, the first executive was selected. In November 1972, the Simcoe County Board of Education officially conveyed the land and the school to the Township of Vespra for the purpose of using it as a community centre.
Since that time, the community association has actively supported recreation and social events and activities in the community. The original ice rink was later transformed into a multi-use pad with a rink house. A baseball diamond was built, swings and slides were installed and a major addition was added to the original schoolhouse. To this day, the Anten Mills Community Centre remains a place where residents and neighbours gather and celebrate throughout the year.
Photo Gallery: Anten Mills Community Centre will appear here on the public site.
The principal features and characteristics that together characterize the core heritage values of the Anten Mills Community Centre are: