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R.B. (Rae) Fleming


Rae B. Fleming, Compiler, Editor, Contributor
(Orillia ON: Rose Printing), 2017

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Looking For Old Victoria County Looking For Old Victoria County is inspired by Thomas McIllwraith's Looking For Old Ontario, an impressionistic interpretation of Old Ontario's landscapes, from barns and fences to roadsides and cemeteries. While making no claim to be the equal of McIllwraith's lovely book, Looking For Old Victoria County deals with somewhat similar topics, most of them falling under the rubric of social history, until now somewhat neglected by local historians.

Almost twenty writers have contributed pieces that provide glimpses of the past of this area a couple of hours north east of Toronto. There are articles about early Lindsay in fact and fiction, and one on the subject of Lindsay's venerable Academy Theatre, which will be celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2018. The founding of the Victoria County Historical Society, at least its second iteration, is the subject of one article. There's a nostalgic memory piece about an old stone house of Dalton Township; and articles on Longford Township, archaeology, and The Great Fire of 1861. Some of the articles are on the subject of curiosities such as the Woodville shoe. One article deals with W.A. Goodwin, local artist of note. There's a marvellous collection of stamps and cancellation marks of old post offices of Victoria County. There's lots more, including a lovely piece by Mike Hensley, an American with Canadian roots. Mike's article will make us proud to be Canadian, especially in this 150th year of our Confederation.

In conclusion, let us hope that this book, in celebrating local history, will also serve as a celebration of our country's sesquicentennial.

COMMENTS RE Looking For Old Victoria County:

"A dazzling book, lavishly illustrated, on the subject of the county where some of my 19th century ancestors, the McCrimmons, established roots. This book I will savour ever so slowly, with great pleasure." Ian Morrison, Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, Toronto.

"Thank you so much for the inscribed copy of Looking For Old Victoria County. I am reading it with the greatest interest and pleasure! The volume is a welcome and useful reminder and record of many of the interesting and significant sites, buildings, persons and events who/which have played a part in the lengthy story of Victoria County." Thomas H.B. Symons, Founding President, Trent University, Peterborough.

Contact Rae for information on where to purchase the book.
ISBN 978-1-7750108-0-7

Rae B. Fleming

1606 Rd 46, Woodville ON, K0M 2T0 CANADA

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