This year’s Merrickville House and Garden Tour (in support of Holy Trinity Anglican Church) promises to enthrall anyone interested in the unique and varied architecture and design of Canadian homes and gardens from the early 1800s to the present day. The tour begins with an early 1800s “bijou” log home which was built on the original Aaron Merrick farm (Harry McLean’s) and progresses through the centuries to a stunning modern design which features soaring 18 foot commercial windows overlooking the Rideau Canal; a true reflection of the best in modern aesthetics. Ticket holders will be impressed by the homes’ architecturally seamless and sympathetic integration into their picturesque and rural settings.
Once a department store in the 1800s, the Aaron Merrick Block has undergone one of the most ingenious conversions. Now housing a number of stores in its lower level (which we invite you to visit) the upper levels consist of a stunning 4,000 square foot private apartment. The expansive living room is only enhanced by the 40 foot cathedral ceiling with cat walk and panoramic views throughout of the Block House, Locks and Merrickville’s historic Main Street.
Heritage Stables is situated on Crown land, which was sold to David Buchan in 1853. L.H. Newman purchased the farm in 1912 and, along with his passion for agriculture and new technology, set out to build a state of the art barn. L.H. Newman became Agricultural Canada’s Dominion Cerealist (1923-1948) and was named to the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame. This magnificent barn is one of the few from its era still surviving today.
The three featured gardens will also delight and inspire both novice and experienced gardeners alike. From Koi stocked ponds, original milk sheds, free-flowing artesian wells and charming boathouses to expansive riverside residences with their English and French style garden inspired designs.
This year’s tour will take place Saturday June 6th from 10:00 to 4:00 pm. The strong bond between our Parish of Holy Trinity and the community will be highlighted as various local businesses will be displaying their wares in each of the featured homes and gardens. A number of local businesses will also be offering discounts to ticket holders.
Tickets are limited so do not miss this wonderful opportunity to celebrate our unique Canadian Heritage through both house and garden architecture.