Bay Hill, circa 1890

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by Brent Eades

Looking through the more than 700 historic Almonte photos that Michael Dunn shares with me on Almonte.com I came across this very interesting postcard showing the view down Bay Hill, with the current Hillside RP Church at the right.

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As with some other images I’ve published on the Millstone, this one comes from a Mr. O.E. Henderson, who was a stationer here in town in the later 19th century. I assume he commissioned these images for sale in his store.

I find this image interesting for several reasons: first, how little the view has essentially changed in over a hundred years; second, how the green space there has been preserved over all this time; and last — what is the body of flowing water just to the left of the church?

I took a walk near there last weekend, and while it’s marshy — and there is a lovely waterfall behind the church (see below) — there is certainly not a full-fledged river or creek there now. Does anyone know the story here?