More Parkway

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We don’t see these in Kingston, because they go the other side of Wolfe Island.

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This was such a pretty spot, and I love the twig arbours.

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We went through the other part of Rockport on the way back and found this very fine stone house, with the below sign.

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The sign says, “Smith, son of Caleb Seaman, harvested timber and then had this stone house built in 1857.   The house is built from the granite quarried from the property given to his father who, as a United Empire Loyalist, was granted 249 acres from the Crown in 1803.  Loyal to Great Britain, Caleb (1740-1820) had enlisted in 1777 in the New York Volunteers of Long Island.  He was captured but later escaped.  Like thousands of other Loyalists he fled to Canada in 1789, taking his wife and 7 children to avoid the vengeance of the American rebels.  He settled in Lyn where, as a blacksmith, he made scythes and had 4 more children.  One of his sons, Sergeant Samuel Seaman, was killed defending Gananoque in the War of 1812, leaving a wife with 6 children.  At age 75 Caleb was fined for selling unlicensed spirituous liquor.  Mary Babcock Fryer has authored several books on the Seamans.”

Some of the Seamans ran the Rockport General Store from 1933-1970.  The WW1 flying ace, Billy Bishop was Caleb’s triple great grandson.   The second floor was expanded in the early 20th century.

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Some unique and charming bird houses on the side of this building.

The weather forecast just gets better and better for the rest of the week and the leaves are coming on quickly.  Everything is looking marvellously green in the old hometown.  In a week or two the lilacs should be out.  The Big Dig block between Montreal and Bagot streets has been opened up, so that is coming to an end, which I’m sure has the downtown merchants breathing a sigh of relief.   Let the good times roll!

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