Heritage groups welcome Cooper site decision

The Stratford Perth Heritage Foundation and the Stratford/Perth Branch of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario welcomed a motion adopted by Heritage Stratford Tuesday night calling on City Council to seek heritage designation for certain elements of the Cooper site and the building erected in 1907 to serve as a locomotive repair shop for the Grand Trunk and Canadian National railways.

Heritage Stratford members voted 4-1 in favour of the motion.

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Huron tract settlement brought huge changes to the landscape

In a 45-minute power point presentation moving from the ice age to the present day, landscape designer Jane Elign-Feryn showed how settlement in the 1820’s led to fundamental changes in the landscape of the Huron Tract.

She spoke Tuesday night to a gathering of more than 100 in a packed hall at the Rotary Complex for a meeting sponsored by Stratford Field Naturalists and the City of Stratford Energy and Environment Committee.

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Foundation joins Cooper site brainstorming session

Stratford Perth Heritage Foundation members took part in a brainstorming session with University of Waterloo students Sunday, October 5, aimed at producing alternative visions of the future for the Cooper site.

Foundation Chair Eric Adams, former Chair Roger Hilderley, and members of the Foundation’s Grand Trunk Railway Committee — Allan Waddingham, Ian Taylor and John Crabb — and longtime Foundation member Ron Latham participated in the session held at the Stratford campus of the university.

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Thank you for caring, Anna!

Anna Meusel unveiled a stone marker acknowledging close to 15 years of service as master gardener and steward of the Fryfogel Heritage Garden — affectionately dubbed “Anna’s garden”— during a Culture Days open house and reception attended by 150 at the Fryfogel Tavern and Arboretum.

Stratford Perth Heritage Foundation Chair Eric Adams and Arboretum Chair Reg White paid tribute to her years of dedicated service in a touching ceremony at the entrance to the Arboretum Saturday.

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Fryfogel arboretum gains international recognition

The Fryfogel Arboretum has joined a worldwide list of arboretums and gained recognition in an international Butterfly Waystation Registry.

The Fryfogel Arboretum has been added to an international list of arboretums maintained by The Morton Arboretum — an arboretum covering 1,700 acres in a Chicago suburb that has collected trees from around the world since the 1920’s.

The Fryfogel Arboretum has also been listed in a worldwide registry of Butterfly Waystations, a program created by Butterfly Watch in the United States.

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Fryfogel Tavern and Arboretum Open House added to Perth County Culture Days

Smilebox_94861122Perth County Culture Days will include an open house at the Fryfogel Tavern and Arboretum on highway 7/8 east of Shakespeare, from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, September 27.

Perth County Culture Days Coordinator Eileen Smith said: “We’re pleased to add this first open house at Fryfogel Tavern and Arboretum to the many activities taking place across Perth County during Culture Days. We believe the tavern and arboretum will become a featured attraction at Culture Days for years to come.”

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