1920s Farmhouse

This is an altered one-and-a-half storey, wood-framed farmhouse, originally built in 1892. The family of William Rows resided in it at Lot 23, Concession 10, St. Vincent Township, Grey County.

In 1942, the Government of Canada expropriated over 17,000 acres of farmland to build the Meaford Tank Range and Training Area. This was one of many homes vacated due to the expropriation. In 1976, the County of Grey-Owen Sound Museum purchased it from the Ministry of Natural Resources for one dollar, and it was trucked down Highway 26 to its new location at the museum in Owen Sound.

After ten years of extensive work by staff and volunteers, restoration was complete, and the building was given a front verandah. The rear of the house has a board-and-batten summer kitchen and woodshed. The farmhouse opened to the public in the summer of 1985. After being moved to Moreston Heritage Village in June 2006, it required further extensive restoration work, and reopened in the summer of 2008. Visitors are welcomed by costumed volunteers who interpret the building as a 1920s farmhouse.

Farmhouse's Outhouse

Around 1992, museum staff built this wood-framed, board and batten structure to replicate a farm outhouse. It is not intended for use, but to add visual authenticity to the period building.

Fun fact: One-and-a-half storey farmhouses can be found all over Grey County. Residents were taxed according to the number of storeys their houses had, but half-storeys weren’t counted! Fewer full storeys = less tax paid.

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Click on the locations / buildings below to learn about the Heritage Village

Large Agricultural Equipment and Historic Vehicle Display Building Blue Water Garage George Rice Blacksmith Shop Herb Miller Sawmill 1920's School House 1920's Timber Framed Barn 1920's Ontario Farmhouse Orange Hall 1886 Log House 1920's Good Cheer Bandstand Outdoor Amphitheatre Pioneer Blacksmith Shop 1853 Pioneer Log Cabin Moore & Muir Engine Works

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3D model created in collaboration with St. Mary's High School

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