Bayfield’s rich history stored in one building

16 Mar

bayfieldarchives3By Diva Claire Carter

Huron County is full of amazing stories. As residents, we sometimes forget the contributions to culture and Canada’s history that have come from our own backyards.

I’d walked past the beautiful dollhouse-like building that houses the Bayfield Historical Society and Archives many times, but had never gone inside.

That changed on a quiet trip to Bayfield.

A visit begins with a warm welcome.  It is hard not to feel a spark of curiosity as you open the old door.  Walls are lined with artifacts, artwork and books. Visitors can purchase books about the area and prints by Bayfield artists. Locally produced videos can be viewed on a big screen. I watched the film about Maud Stirling, a nursing sister from Bayfield.

bayfieldarchives1Volunteers host historic walking tours each Saturday in July and August, starting at 1 p.m.  As the website says, “Learn about the history of the area, the ghosts, the fires and the fascinating characters who helped make the village the wonderful place it is today.” The $10 fee supports Archive initiatives.  If you can’t make it on a Saturday, self-guided tours are available at the Archives and a number of other local outlets for $5.

Located at 20 Main Street North, the Bayfield Historical Society and Archives is open May to November from 1-4 pm on Wednesday and Saturday.

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