We left Brantford, Ontario, this morning and travelled along the Grand River, stopping at several sites which are part of the story of Squire Davis and the Crazy River, including Ruthven. Ruthven Park was owned by the Thompson Family from the 1840s until 1993.
This is one of the most peaceful and beautiful areas in Canada: but its history will surprise you.
We arrived in Brantford this afternoon and spent several hours photographing and learning about the early history of Brantford (Brant's Ford) from S. Minsos, the author of Squire Davis and the Crazy River (to be published this fall by Spotted Cow Press).
I'm preparing for my first road trip of the year, a three day trip in and around Brantford, photographing for Squire Davis and the Crazy River, an historical novel by S. Minsos which we (Spotted Cow Press) will be publishing this fall.
I'm Canadian: I studied Canadian history in school: and yet I know very little about the history of Ontario in the mid-1800s. I've learned a lot from this novel about that history, and will learn more this coming week.
One of the our reviewers wrote: "Canadians have willful blind spots. I wonder whether we are ready to read about Ruthven and the Grand River Navigation Company boondoggle. That being said, what a story!"
I'll be writing blog entries on this trip, including photographs and more details about the book.
I spend a lot of my business and personal travel time visiting art galleries and public art in various cities in North America and abroad. I have posted photographs and comments from these trips but have seldom focused on my home city, Edmonton, Alberta.
Edmonton continues to grow and mature as a cultural centre. It's Festival City, a centre for theatre, music and art. Edmontonians tell their stories about their art, their work and their lives on the new website Edmonton Stories.