Perth

Trip Start Sep 07, 2004
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Trip End Aug 25, 2010


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Flag of Canada  , Ontario,
Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Spending the day in a small Ontario town is peaceful. The fall day I went was clear and cold. The grass was frosted in the morning but the sunshine soon warmed the whole town.
Perth's began as a military strategy. Sitting on the River Tay, off the St. Lawrence River, the original station was meant to be a backup for Cornwall and Kingston during the war of 1812. Over one hundred years ago, European families were offered financial incentives to move to Perth. They were furthur rewarded if they remained for two years or more. Perth is still highlighted with historical houses and buildings.
I learned an interesting fact that Perth was famous for thier wiskey, distilled by Scotish and Irish immigrants. The wiskey had some interesting names, "Mountain Dew" (funny because that is a soft drink now), "Urquebaugh"/"V.V.O. Candian Scotch", and "Potteen". This product of human skill and sweet Tay River water was eventually banned along with all other alcohol during the Temperance movement (I believe around 1916). It seems a shame but considering two of the last three distilleries in Canada to shut down were in Perth, I don't think they went without a fight.
There are an unusal amount of churches in Perth. Many old ones are very grand with interesting gothic architecture. People used to travel far distances to attend service in Perth. In their day, some churches were said to be the most beautiful in Canada. I think because of the military influence, Perth had the first Minister in Canada. If I remember, it was his predecessor who founded Queen's Univerity in Kingston.
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