While I am still on a high from yesterday’s waterfowl extravaganza at Heritage Park, today I’m going to focus on the historical aspect of that beautiful venue.
Last year I visited Heritage Park for the first time, after many decades of whizzing right past it while enroute to Southland Mall. On that hot August day in 2017, I spent a half-day familiarizing myself with the Park, between trekking the path that encircles the Park, and wending my way through the historical village, as well as wandering over to the petting farm and botanical gardens. I’ve made many return trips since that first visit.
As I mentioned yesterday, things were hopping around the three-acre, man-made pond known as Coan Lake, which is in the heart of the historical village area of Heritage Park. It was peaceful with all the waterfowl, so I was reluctant to leave there to walk on the perimeter path which follows along the fringe of the park. I decided instead to revisit and take pictures of the vintage homes and objects, and their signage, which gives a synopsis of each one’s historical value to this village. While taking nature-related photos is usually more my shtick, I wanted to participate in a fun blogging group consisting of unique door devotees.
I have been following a couple of bloggers whose Thursday columns feature beautiful doors they have discovered. Janis Heppell’s blog Retirementally Challenged focuses on doors she has discovered while vacationing in the town of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Janis has amassed such a large collection of door photos, that she has divvied them up into weekly categories of doors that are rounded, adorned, weathered or carved, and much much more. Last Thursday’s post, at the above site, was about chapel doors. All are unique and in exquisite colors!
One day after I commented on these amazing-looking doors, Janis steered me to a blog by another door aficionado. Norm Frampton, a Canadian who hails from Montreal, Quebec, has apportioned an entire page of his blog to door enthusiasts and features doors which are often severely weather-beaten, ornate, unusual, or even extraordinary. Norm also invites fellow bloggers to submit photos of any interesting doors to add to this burgeoning collection. Here is Norm’s latest post on interesting doors at the Annapolis Royal Courthouse in Nova Scotia: Click here
So in that vein, and now that you are familiar with the backstory regarding today’s post, I thought it would be fun to turn this into an assignment of sorts, and then submit this post to Norm’s page about my own door discoveries.
Historical Heritage Park.
Not every building in the scenic and historical village area of Heritage Park would be classified as vintage. A few are reproductions of old buildings, recreated to meld into the village atmosphere. For example, the Little Red Schoolhouse is colorful and quaint. It was used for confirmation classes way back in 1882. It has been restored, but, as adorable as this building is, its door is nothing special, so I did not include it in today’s post.
However, some vintage buildings and artifacts are genuine, i.e. the “real deal” … so here they are.
Where does this door belong – any guesses?
One glance at this weather-beaten door with the red background would suggest it might belong on a barn, right?
This is actually a door on a railroad boxcar at the entrance of the historical village area. Just look at the weathering on the door and imagine what cities this car has rolled through. Now you see the door at a distance – it’s too bad that silver object has been hung on this door, as it distracts you from the severely weathered look.
The old barn door.
Well, if you guessed wrong about the weathered door above, and you were thinking it was a barn door, I’m glad you’ve stayed with me here, because below IS a real barn door. The way it is barricaded shut makes you scratch your head and wonder whether that object is to keep the barnyard animals and fowl from escaping, or the two-legged prowlers from breaking in?
Admittedly, the barn and the fence could stand a new coat of paint, but that would surely take away from the weathered look which drew me to this spot to take the photo in the first place. Here is a shot of the whole side of the barn which is located at the petting farm within Heritage Park.
A modern photography studio.
Another very old building located within the village is the Sell/Schonsheck House which was built at this location in 1909. Its current owner is Rosecrans Picture Perfect Photography. The door looks a little weather beaten, but that entranceway, just like the windows with their old wooden frames and opaque panes, all contribute not only authenticity, but a lot of charm to this 109-year-old home.
The jewel of Heritage Park is an 1800s log cabin.
We all know the saying “home is where the heart is” and how many of us have strayed away from home, only to return to our roots many years later? Well, I’ve saved the best for last, because here is a structure which was built around 1850 and is the City of Taylor’s oldest existing home.
The weathered-looking door matches the logs of this tiny cabin which sits within the confines of the historical village.
I stepped back and took a picture of the house at a distance. Check out the windows on each side of the door; those pinned-back curtains probably are many decades old.
The left window features an ad for an October 6th celebration of the City’s 50-year anniversary, where you can actually go inside these historic buildings. Many of the buildings received new roofs recently, thus preserving them for many more years to come.
Then, I went to the side of the log cabin to check out the windows …
… and the rear of the structure to see the rustic-looking back door.
It’s always fun to revisit the past, whether you are time-travelling by simply flipping through the old family photo albums, visiting places associated with your past, or just chattin’ it up with relatives.
Getting a glimpse of the olden days makes them seem like golden days – to me anyway.