Another rainy day in May, Chris and I stumbled upon another interesting find with a bit of history attached to it. This house was not easy to approach due to the growth of thorn bushes overtaking the property but, as usual, we didn’t let that stop us. (See video at end of blog)
This once loved home belonged to Cecil and Mamie Kinder and is situated in the Ghost Town of Rockingham. Rockingham, Ontario was settled in 1859 by John S.J. Watson, after he was banished from England for marrying beneath his station. He was given a large sum of money by his father (The Lord of Rockingham Castle) on the condition that he would emigrate to Canada. He would name this new settlement after his former home. On the thousand acres that he was granted, John and his fellow settlers built a grist mill, hotel, school, tannery, general store, blacksmith’s shop, and eventually, a church. In 1888, a population of about 60 people called Rockingham home, and by 1899, that number had grown to 110. But with the turn of the century came a great decline, as many of the farmers moved on, after the red and white pine trees had been logged.
homes remain, clustered around the former general store, including the former home of Cecil and Mamie Kinder.
Everything about this house screamed 1950’s with the exception of the calendar displaying October 1994. Not sure of the importance, if any, of that month/year. Both the house and out buildings were filled with belongings and decay, making this a very difficult explore.
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