THE HISTORIC WALACE HOUSE
I’m fortunate to look back on my family history written by
generations over the years.
It began with Nathaniel Wallace packing up his bunch
in Carney, County Sligo, Ireland in 1873. They sailed across
the ocean to settle here in Woodbridge, Ontario. Canada.
Nathaniel and his brothers built the house (seen here) on the
the main street. Nor did they waste time setting up The
Dominion Exchange and building the Inkerman Hotel on what
would be village’s main street.
Captain Nathaniel also built houses for his sons and their
families, history tells us.
The same home is a busy place these days after being closed
for three years due to the nasty pandemic.
It’s back now to its old self with activities including Bridge on
Wednesday afternoons. Knitting on Thursday mornings with
Quilting in the afternoon. A Coffee Drop-In happens every Friday morning.
A Writing Group takes over the Wallace House on Saturdays ‘to express
your inner author’ as they call it.
Writer’s comment: Lurking in the shadows are contractors salivating over
this acre-plus site. They’d demolish the old home to build a six-level - if not
higher – condo on this beautiful old main street.
We need to preserve the heritage and culture of the location.
Without history to look back on we have very little. We will all
be damned if it will happen. As the saying goes: ‘we’ll fight ‘em tooth and nails.’