Other 19th Century Site Investigations
Upon completing the test excavation of two sites in the City of Vaughan, we saw more diversity in placement of 19th century dwellings as the early settlers adapted to life in our southern Ontario climate and different ways in which more space was added to provide additional living quarters for growing families.
When This Land Archaeology Inc.’s crew first approached the house, it seemed typical of early 20th century brick farmhouses in southern Ontario. However, this home had a carved stone inlay indicating its name, Sprucedale, and the year it was built, 1915.
Reflecting on the dozens of 19th century homesteads and farmsteads we excavated prior to their development, I worked hard to educate our clients about the need to preserve the heritage represented in the sites we dug. . . Now, fully embracing retirement, I eagerly look forward to writing more and adding to the popular series and occasional papers of Our Lands Speak series.
The writing of The Archaeology, History, and Architecture of the Philip Eckardt Log House: The Oldest House in the City of Markham, Ontario, Canada, was a joint effort by Bill Finlayson and the recently retired architectural planner from the City of Markham, George Duncan. This collaboration has provided a deeper appreciation of the occupation of the log house, its occupants, the alterations to it over the past two hundred plus years, and its ultimate conservation.