By: Jaymie Leighton
From: Vintage Kitchen Mystery Series
Author: Victoria Hamilton
Book 1 Title: A Deadly Grind
How do you feel about saving old buildings? I'm passionate about it, and so is the Queensville Heritage society. We raise money for the society with our 'Tea with the Queen' event every Canadian Victoria Day holiday weekend (that's the weekend before our Memorial Day).
What are we raising the money for? A few years ago our Queen Vickie impersonator, Mrs. Bellwood, got it into her head that we'd be able to buy Stowe House. She was furious when Daniel Collins, a computer company multimillionaire from out of town, bought it, but I say he's doing a great job of preserving a piece of Queensville history, and at no cost to us. He's also a really nice guy, and... we're dating. So I'm glad he is here.
Mrs. Bellwood had it in her head that that we would have been able to buy it, use it as a Queensville museum, and draw tourists from far and wide.
But... do people really go to new towns for historical tourism? I say that our local heritage doesn't matter to anyone but us, so we need to find another way to draw folks to Queensville. That's why I'm so happy to see the increase in numbers among antique dealers and junk shops in our home town. The people who would be drawn to Queensville to visit local antique shops would probably be interested in touring a historic home or two while they're here. Maybe. However, as one of the younger members of the heritage society no one really listens to me anyway.
Maybe with Heidi Lockland joining now (her great-great-some more greats grandfather Homer Lockland was one of the original founders of the town) and the hope of some of her millions being invested, they'll start to listen to the younger folks. But also... well, we recently came into a bit of good news, that we can expect a windfall, perhaps, in the near future. (Read all about it in A Deadly Grind) That has society members like Mrs. Bellwood and Trip Findley dreaming of buying a house, finally, to use as a museum.
Trouble is, finding one. The house needs to be old, in reasonable shape (not a tear down project!) and with some historical connection to the town. I'm sure we'll manage somehow.
But the reason I'm talking about this today is... I'm curious; have any of you ever gone to a town because of its historical roots? Have you ever toured historic homes? If you go to a town or village, is the heritage of it of interest to you? I'm doing kind of an informal survey, and I'll report back to the Queensville Heritage society with the info!
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