Third Town Talk - Issue Two - Building and Maintaining the First Homes

                                                                             Third Town Talk

North fredricksburgh’s very own quarterly newsletter

Provided by your local real estate expert

Issue #2 April, 2015

Hello again, Neighbour! Welcome to the second issue of Third Town Talk; an informative newsletter, exclusively written for North Shore and Gretna residents. The first issue clarifies why this newsletter is called "Third Town", in addition to a brief history about the settling of North Fredricksburgh. If you missed the first issue, you can always view a copy by visiting my website at: or to receive a copy of the newsletter by e-mail, send a request to: Enough of the small talk and on to the third talk; the first homes of North Fredricksburgh were often single-room log cabins, built to a minimum standard of about 320 sq ft and had a dirt or wood floor. Sleeping bunks were built into the walls, with “mattresses” being constructed of boughs (I suspect pillow-tops would have been very much appreciated!).The kitchen with its fireplace, was probably the most important area in the house and pancakes were a family staple. In the diary of a woman pioneer who settled in North Fred, she writes about the difficulties and danger associated with cleaning the floor. She describes how she would shoo her small children from the bucket of steaming water she used to scrub and “disinfect” the wood floors. There she knelt; sweating from the steam while feverishly scrubbing away because even back then, the pride of a woman’s home was shown by the cleanliness of her floors… and probably the fluffiness of her pancakes! Then in 1786 when the Napanee Mill was built, plank and clapboard homes began to pop up all around the shores of Hay Bay. The new style of homes were usually two stories, which was considerably larger than the first homes built, with at least three or four rooms and all with wooden floors (I wonder how the woman who wrote about her mopping-woes faired). And much to my pleasure, a few of these homes are actually still standing on the North shores of Hay Bay to this very day! Many have been sided or stuccoed and have additions built on to the original structure. And when I drive past these homes, no matter the condition they’re in, I yearn to go inside toadmire the original architecture and design. If the walls in these old homes could speak, they would have some wonderful and intriguing stories to share, I’m sure. These are not just houses to me… they are time capsules which hold my long-since-departed neighbours’ history; housing all the families’ triumphs and tribulations within their walls. These old homes call my name and they are actually one of the reasons I chose to delve in to the business of real estate.If you are as curious as I am about your home’s history, you can find historical information about it at the Napanee Museum and Archives, or at the registry office in Napanee. At the registry office, you can search microfilm, automated and/or paper records to learn about previous owners and any other documents associated with title. You are however, required to have a Property Identification Number (PIN), which I would be happy to locate for you; just give me a call. There are fees associated with obtaining this information however: first page is $8.00, for each additional page (per property) is $1.00 and automated and paper records from microfilm are 0.50 cents per page. And remember, if YOU have any interesting historical family stories relating to North Fredricksburgh, or would like to let me know of ANY UNEXPECTED DISCOVERIES ON YOUR PROPERTY, please feel free to contact me by phone, email, text, or arrange for a neighbourly visit. I will include your information in the next issue of Third Town Talk.

Respectful & neighbourly regards,

Kristina Selby-Brown

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