A Good Home

Lost Without a Clue: Pt 1 – The Ebor House Story

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 flowers

In 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. Spellbound, I stopped, turned off the engine and stared.

For a long moment, I forgot that I was lost. Questions flew through my mind as I sat in my car, gawking at the huge house on a country road.

“Who would have built such a grand home?” I wondered.

This house must have a great story, I thought.

This is how I ended up having tea in a stranger’s kitchen with a man named Ron. And that was only the beginning.

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

23 thoughts on “Lost Without a Clue: Pt 1 – The Ebor House Story”

  1. Oh, too funny! You are just like my eldest daughter. If there is a choice between going in the right direction or the wrong direction, she will always pick the wrong direction. That girl has a knack. But my goodness, look where getting lost has taken you.

  2. What a beautiful place to get lost! I love how sometimes life takes us in a direction we hadn’t planned on but was waiting for us to explore.

  3. It sounds as though getting lost may have been rather serendipitous on this occasion! I’m terrible with directions too – I got lost going to my dentist the other day, even though I’ve been going to the same one for about a decade!

    1. Glad to know you’re a directionally-challenged kindred spirit! I worked in Florence, Italy, many times over a decade. The Romans were allegedly the best at laying out road grids and cities. So did I ever figure out how to get around that lovely city? Nope.

  4. Wow – what a journey! In every way. Sometimes we need to get lost to find ourselves or what we need, but for you to get lost and stumble upon this house and its story is pretty amazing. Thanks for the guided history tour and great photos.

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