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Lost Without a Clue – Pt. 1, The Ebor House Series

I kid you not: I could get lost in a room. 

So – naturally – I got lost while coming home from an appointment in a nearby town.

Blog Photo - Bond Head main street

The key to getting lost graciously is to act as if where you’ve ended up is where you’d meant to go all along. But I was too agog at where I’d ended up to even pretend to be gracious. My mouth fell open.

Blog Photo - Bond Head Whtie fence and flowersIn no time at all, I’d gone from modern streets and brand-new neighborhoods to this old country road and a feeling that I’d time-traveled into the 1800’s. Beautiful old houses flanked both sides of the road.

Blog Photo - Bond Head White House1

And I knew, without being told, that some of these homes had belonged to certain local families for generations. It was that kind of place.

Blog Photo - Bond head grey hosue between trees

Most were surrounded by expansive grounds with big old trees…

Blog Photo - Bond Head Grey House and Lawn

Sweeping lawns and glorious gardens.

Blog Photo - Bond Head GRey House 3

On the lake side of the street, were more gardens, houses and infinite vistas….

Blog Photo - Bond Head Bayard and lake

Parkland and beaches and families at play….

Blog Photo - Bond head family playing by lake

Boats at the marina…

Blog Photo - Bond head marina boats in bg

People fishing…

Blog Photo - Bond Head Marina, Boats and Man fishing

Where on earth was I?

Blog Photo - Bond Head Boats at marina

Not one to panic till I’d run out of options, I kept going…  and thought I’d seen that enormous old tree just a minute or so before I turned…

Blog Photo - Bond Head huge tree and fence

So I turned around again and kept going…..

Blog Photo - Bond head lake shot

And discovered a sign…..

Blog Photo - Bond Head sign

Historic Bond Head.

I’d never heard of it.

Later, I’d learn that Bond Head, formerly known as Port Newcastle, was once a thriving harbour, with ships ferrying cargo to and from Quebec, Toronto to the west, Kingston to the east and various American ports.

In 1856, Bond Head and the neighboring village merged under the name of Newcastle. The overall region is now known as Clarington.

But right now, I was just busy being lost.

And then I saw a strangely beautiful old house.

This house must have a great story, I thought.

And this is how I met a man named Ron, whose historic home had belonged to generations of an illustrious Bond Head family which counted as relatives two Lord Mayors of London, England, and had a big impact on the life of many Canadians, including themselves.

Click here for Part 2:  A fascinating story begins

Stay tuned.


Dedicated to lovers of history everywhere, including residents of Bond Head and Newcastle in Ontario.

 © 2008 CSR

64 thoughts on “Lost Without a Clue – Pt. 1, The Ebor House Series”

  1. Whaddya mean, “…act as if the place you ended up is where you…” Do you not realize that it’s always where we are intended to be, even if we weren’t conscious of the destination beforehand. 🙂

      1. Well, our fellow-blogger Eric says it’s not being lost: it’s where we were intended to be.
        Side tracked can be a good thing at times. Unless it happens too often. But I digress….

  2. What a lovely post; and a post with a message. Perhaps your accidental wanderings are a sign to us all to take the road less travelled more often. Look what you discovered! You find beauty wherever you go Cynthia and those homes in their expansive grounds were so lovely. I can;t wait to hear the rest of the story.

  3. Oh Cynthia! I am always getting lost but don’t often come across such lovely places to look at as you have done here. I look forward to meeting Ron. Getting lost with style is an art form.

  4. I look forward to the continuation of this story Cynthia. My time in Virginia opened my eyes to the joy and intrigue of history. Glad you got lost! Lol!


  5. lovely post, great way to live and nowadays getting lost is almost a voluntary act seeing as the next cellphone, phonebooth tourist center could get you unlost immediately, lovely story! looking forward to the next part

      1. hello my dear Cynthia thank you, never the wrong time to wish a good day – it is evening now 19.35 – but the day is still going strong 🙂

  6. Brilliant. You get lost and you end up with a whole new bunch of fodder for your blog. Every cloud has a silver lining right. 🙂 I read Bond Head as bonehead!



  7. A lovely place to get lost in. You obviously don’ t have a bossy satnav lady barking out instructions in your car. She would have been telling you to make a u turn. And you would not have had such an interesting trip.

  8. “The key to getting lost graciously is to act as if the place you’ve ended up in is where you’d meant to go all along.” Ahh – perhaps you were a cat in some other life! LOL. That’s exactly their comment when they casually stroll out of the closet they got themselves accidentally locked into when one wasn’t looking! But where you got lost? What a wonderful diversion and you certainly made the most of it. Thanks for the tour! :o) Jeanne

  9. Cynthia, I just stumbled on your blog because I live on the same street as Ebor House in the beautiful historic area called bond head and I’m doing some research to fight the Clarington Town Council’s plan to redevelop our area. They are planning street widening, curbs and sidewalks. Classic paving of paradise. They are even considering a splash pad and monkey bars at the little parquets where the fishers do their thing. Does everything need to be developed? What is wrong with having a few gems left untouched to remind us of the past?

    1. Brian, I am sorry to hear this. No: everything does not need to be developed. Have you contacted Myno at the historical society? Also, are you in touch with Farncomb LeGresley and David Walton-Ball? If I may help in some way, please let me know.Your comment inspired me to republish the series I did on historic Bond Head and Ebor House.

    1. Thank you. It is sometimes challenging to know where to draw the line between progress and preservation, but I hope the town and the residents can find it. This is a special place.

  10. I am interested getting a copy of all 7 chapters of this story.Can you contact me via email.

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