Friday, August 31, 2012
A reverence for history a story mostly in pictures
Called Morland Place, it is really a tribute to his mother, designed to show off her collections of furnishings, china, figurines, tea cups, old books, historical photographs of family. " She loved fine things," claims More.
All three floors are filled with memorabilia and huge collections of immense variety.
On each side of this centre hall-planned addition on the first two levels are parlours with fireplaces and intricate mantlepieces. At the south end of each parlour or drawing room, is often a small sun room also filled with items of historical interest.
Among the many items in what is now museum and showplace are two square antique grand pianos and an organ. Tables, chairs, settees, oriental rugs, all manner of items fill the rooms.
But it isn't only house construction that interests this man. He continues to work on the property and while he was building the house and his parents were alive - it was also a working farm.
This he has turned into immense European style gardens with a large cedar maze and cement statuary which he himself pours, stone pathways throughout the gardens, green houses and a bedding garden where he grows the plants for the gardens. All the work of his own hands.
There is so much additional information and are so many photographs that this blog would become a book if I continue. If you are intrigued, More himself has written a book "A thing of Beauty: The story of Morland Place." Filled with photographs of his family, of the works in progress, of the various gardens, it has been published by Ginger Press in Owen Sound www.gingerpress.com
The exploration of Morland Place took me over an hour, and that was merely glancing at everything, not spending the hours that one possibly could. More has opened his home and the gardens to the public, donated 20 acres of land to the Grey Roots Museum just outside Owen Sound and done so much in the community to foster his enduring passion - retaining the history of Owen Sound and the surrounding area.
What a fascinating story, not only about the place, but about the man behind it all. You can bet there's lots left to learn. So what dream will you be following this labour day weekend?