Nightingale House Opens the Door to River Heritage

Ingleside's historic Nightingale House will open its doors this weekend in celebration of the heritage of the St. Lawrence River.

As well as guided tours of this Lost Villages home, the heritage of the river spills out into the lush gardens at Nightingale House, where local authors will be on hand to share the literary culture of the river-front communities.

Maggie Wheeler will be signing copies of her novel A Violent End and its sequel The Brother of Sleep. Both psychological mysteries are set in the Lost Villages and along the St. Lawrence River.

Rosemary Rutley and Glenda Eden of Old Crone Publishing will be reading from a work in progress - The Riverain- a collection of river stories.

Writer and illustrator Anne-Marie Shields will also be in the garden with copies of her newly released book, Lost Villages, Found Communities: A Pictorial History of the Lost Villages of the St. Lawrence Seaway

Built in 1880, in the Lost Village of Wales, Nightingale House is currently a bed and breakfast, complete with original woodwork and antique furniture . Also known as the Warren-Rice home, it was the largest wooden structure moved to Ingleside during the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project in the 1950 's.

Refreshments and guided tours of this historic home will be available on September 11th and 12th from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at 1 Maxwell Avenue, Ingleside.

Dozens of churches, museums, heritage homes and historic sites will open their doors across Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry as part of Doors Open, a province-wide initiative to provide both awareness and access to significant heritage sites. All sites are free and many are open to the general public only on Open Door weekend. The first community heritage event took place in Glasgow, Scotland in 1990 and quickly spread to include 47 countries around the world. Toronto has held the annual event since 2000 and was the first North American city to launch Doors Open.

Other Ontario communities to participate in Open Doors include Brampton, London, Windsor, Binational Niagara, Peterborough, Parry Sound, Guelph, Port Hope, Ottawa, Gravenhurst, Muskoka, Huronia, Red Lake, New Liskeard, Haileybury, Cobalt, Kingston and Brockville.