26 May

The Old Farm in Rest Harbour Muskoka

This is all that remains of a farm in Rest Harbour on Lake Rosseau in Muskoka with the exception of the old boathouse across the road. The land, “owned free and clear to the waters edge” was originally deeded to the Wrenshall family dating back to 1884. It was amongst the first 20 free grants issued for Medora township. The Judd family purchased the property from the Wrenshall family around 1886.

Up until the 1940’s this property was only accessible by water. The steam ships would come into the docks and bring supplies. Of course in the winter everything was carted across the ice. The farm and a resort called Rest Harbour operated until the late 1960’s. Many of these historic places are disappearing from Muskoka.

I want to thank the numerous and knowledgeable people out in Blog land that have left comments, forwarded information, land surveys and photos to me. Thank you Deborah!

In: historic muskoka, in and around muskoka ontario

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  1. Jenn Jilks says:

    Aren’t they sad, in a way, Ed? On the other hand, we do have to move into the future.

    Beautiful shot, again.

  2. Michelle says:

    I wonder what that means exactly, moving into the Future?
    Great shot and thanks for the story Ed. I really enjoy your photos, even if I don’t comment as much as I used to! 🙂

  3. toni says:

    Hi Ed, I would like to use the barn photo to help with others I have in illustrating pioneer life in Muskoka for a writing prject. Is it possible to get it at 300 dpi. Would be pleased to tell you more about my project. Thanks
    Toni in Victoria, BC

  4. and it can all be yours… 275′ of shoreline… 46 acres of pasture and forest… older BH and barn… build your estate here… for only $985,000! Currently listed with Chestnut Park.

  5. Eleanor Judd Rebeiro says:

    Thanks for the picture of how the farmhouse looks today. It brings back lots of memories of feeding the chickens, bringing in the hay, doing the thrashing. As a child of 6 I had to drive the tractor while Dad and my brother loaded up the wagon with hay. Wish I had the money to buy it back. Lottery anyone?If you are interested in any pictures of the original farm house and its various additions I have lots.

  6. Vivien Snow Rogers says:

    Hi Eleanor. Just found your comment re Rest Harbour and I would be very interested in photos of the place – so many memories of going for eggs, the little tuck shop, and little Eleanor hiding as best she could when we kids arrived!! Any copies you could send would be much appreciated, and I will pay for them and postage, etc. Little is said these days about the small hotels, including Rest Harbour and The Bluff – but they are huge in my mind!

    I am writing a history of The Bluff and the early Snows, Thomas and Victoria, and my parents, for family purposes, as best i can and with whatever info I can obtain. Any chance you will be up here ever again?

    You have likely heard that your Dad’s house now also has a 3 slip boathouse. Things sure do change.

    Hope all is well with you.


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