Monday, September 03, 2007

Ancaster Historical Site

Hi Ralph and Marty,

Attached are some pictures of the Conservation Authorities Head Office in Ancaster Ontario. We are in the process of restoring the chimney's and replacing the roof.

The house is called "Woodsend" and was originally the home of the County Tax Collector. Built in the early 1800's it has an interesting past.

Late one evening in 1850 there was a loud knock at the front door, the County Assessor woke and came down stairs where he found 3 men at his door. His wife had followed him down and was standing on the stairs but could only hear the 3 men as they demanded money. When told there was no money kept on the premises an argument ensued and the County Assessor was shot and killed in his own doorway.

The local constabulary immediately rounded up three black men accusing them of the crime however the town folks demanded to know if they had simply arrested the first 3 men they came across when the admitted that they had the three men were realeased immediately.

No one was ever arrested for the crime.

The home is extremely large and quite elegant. There are 4 double chimneys as shown in the picture.

Bob H

Thanks Bob H.

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