a little hometown history

I just happened to come across a post that my friend Kathy Drue mentioned about a photo challenge put out into the universe by Scott Thomas. Maybe it is because it has rained for almost four weeks straight here and I desperately need something fun to do, or the fact that I am sleep deprived, but I thought I would jump in and share some photos that I took last weekend while I was out and about in my home town. It is interesting, before I share the photos, about how people define what a ‘hometown’ is. For some it is the place that they were born, where they grew up, for others it is where they are living right now. For me, home is where my heart is – and well my heart has been a few places over the years. Right now, my heart is planted in a small town called St. Thomas, Ontario…. ready to have a little tour of this place I love?

Jumbo watches over everyone who drives up the valley onto Talbot Street.

The old St. Thomas (Anglican) church, built in 1824 and its cemetery provides an incredible walk through the past.

Not sure why this is called the ‘witches’ grave, perhaps because the stone turned black…

now that the trees are beginning to bloom again, and five minutes of spring has arrived,

I am really looking forward to walking the streets of my hometown, Β with my camera in hand.

There are so many beautiful corners here… and they need to be shared.

a quiet place to sit under a wild pear tree.

of course, we can’t forget that St. Thomas is the Railway Capital of Canada

sadly, Jumbo found that out the hard way.. and that’s why his statue stands at the top of the hill!

Leigh xo

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11 thoughts on “a little hometown history

  1. Good morning, Leigh-Anne! It is so fun that you decided to play along in the hometown photography challenge. When I first saw Jumbo, I thought he was real. lol…now it appears he’s a sentinel on a hilltop overlooking his kingdom.

    Just looked on a map to see where St. Thomas might be. Ahhh, near London. We road a train a couple of times from Sarnia to Toronto. Looks like we were near the beautiful place where your heart is planted.

    P.S. that last picture makes my heart twirl!

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  2. thanks Kathy,

    It was so nice to see your post, and the challenge. I was definitely inspired and the timing was good since I had just been out taking photos last weekend πŸ™‚ Yes, poor Jumbo, what a sad story there is behind him though. He was killed here, by a train. Part of a travelling circus and he escaped the poor thing only to be run into. The statue has been standing there on the hill for as long as I can remember (and much longer I am sure). They just finished doing a renovation of the statue – and it looks amazing.

    We are about 30 minutes south of London (longer if there is traffic or construction πŸ˜‰ ) and although the town is going through a bit of a transition economically, it still is really a lovely place to live.

    That last photo I took of my daughters the week before. we were at the Elgin Railway Museum waiting for a friend of mine, and they couldn’t resist playing on the rails.

    πŸ™‚

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  3. Hi Leigh-Anne! Just popped over from Scott’s blog..though could have popped over from Kathy’s as well! LOL I haven’t been to your town but I too have taken the train to Toronto from MI so have been near. Never saw Jumbo though! Sad story!! Great photos!!

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  4. OH my gosh! The grave markers helped me get even more unstuck with this history thing! Freedom Road is about ten minutes from me and a dear soul Mamie Diggs helped to share my town’s history about Freedom Road and the Underground Railroad! More silly me! History seems to be a pretty sturdy tangle word, who would’ve thunk it?!?!

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  5. Thanks Dawn! yes, that train just pass by here very closely. I don’t know if it ever went through the town, but who knows. Yes, poor Jumbo. One time, several years ago he was turned bright pink because he was being repainted. I always regret not getting a photo of him that time.

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  6. Stories from the Railway Capital of Canada! This seem like a nice place to visit – I hope I will be able to visit Canada some day – and see the Canadian Elephant;-) I like that story about this…

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  7. Hi Leigh-Anne, saw your post through Scott’s assignment recap. I only heard the name of your town from one of our vendors’ address. It’s nice to see that the cemetery is so well kept. You call it a wild pear tree, we call it a Bradford Pear tree here in the South. πŸ™‚

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