Revisit the History of Kitchener-Waterloo

Mennonite families from Pennsylvania settled the Waterloo region of Ontario during the early nineteenth century, establishing the basis for the rich history and culture of this part of Central Canada. More recently, the cultural diversity of the Waterloo area has been enhanced by immigrants from all over the planet. These immigrants are drawn to the prosperous and diverse economy of the region, and to the two highly respected Universities in the area.

From 1800 to 1803, Swiss Mennonite pioneers came from Pennsylvania to the Waterloo area where they found lush, fertile land to settle on and to farm along the banks of the Grand River. The Waterloo Pioneer Memorial Tower monument was built in 1923 to commemorate these first pioneers. Located near the little town of Doon just east of the Grand, the tower spire has the distinctive Swiss architecture representative of the original settlers’ cultural background..

At Doon Heritage Crossroads you can explore Waterloo County as it was in 1914. Come back to see what businesses, homes and farms were like and how people went about their daily lives.

Joseph and Barbara Schneider were mennonite pioneers, who came to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, in the early 1800s. Joseph Schneider Haus Museum and Gallery has been built to show what life was like in the area in the 1850s. Joseph and Barbara Schneider built this house in 1816.

Within the Waterloo Region, one of the well known local artists was Homer Watson. Nicknamed the “Man of Doon” after the location of his home and studio, Homer Watson is now commemorated in the Homer Watson House & Gallery. There you can see his studio where he worked; you can also attend workshops, classes, and art exhibitions.

The tenth Prime Minister of Canada, and also its longest serving, was William Lyon Mackenzie King. He was born in Berlin, prior to its name change to Kitchener in WWI, in 1874. The home where he spent his boyhood has been restored at Woodside National Historic Site and the 4.65 hectares are now returned to their 1890′s glory.

Castle Kilbride was built in Baden in 1877 by James Livingston and named after his birthplace in Scotland. Seen from the road it dominates its surroundings with its clean Italianate design capped by a towering belvedere. Its attractive external appearance, however, is overshadowed by its amazing interior decor, which in its own right classifies it as artistry of international significance.

If you are looking for a home in the Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge or Elmira areas contact Scott Miller Kitchener Real Estate. More Online promotion by Linknet.

- Howard Brule

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