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Monday, July 15, 2024
Exploring Photos: Randwood, circa 1905
This image of Woodlawn, the home built at 176 John St. by Robert Dickson in 1822, is from a 1905 booklet titled Illustrated Niagara-on-on-the-Lake, Canada, published by John S. Clarke. Courtesy Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum. (Supplied)

This photograph of “Woodlawn,” now known as Randwood, is from a promotional booklet that was issued circa 1905. Our community at the time was experiencing an era of tourism growth with leisurely resorts and summer residents keeping the town buzzing throughout the warmer months. It was a welcomed relief from the decline the town experienced after the closing of its major economic driver, the Niagara Harbour and Dock Company, in 1871.

This property has been a hot topic of debate in the community for several years. The town’s heritage is strongly intertwined with its identity and has been a crucial part of NOTL’s tourism economy for over a century. The cultural landscape is part of what draws people here and makes it a tourist destination.  There are wineries and theatres and galleries in other communities, but our heritage and the preserved built heritage is what makes us unique.

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