The next day, we explored downtown Orillia.
We found this beautiful house now museum of Stephen Leacock, along the beautiful lake simcoe.
It was said in 1911 that more people had heard of Stephen Leacock than had heard of Canada. Also, between the years 1915 and 1925, Leacock was the most popular humorist in the English-speaking world.
I’ve always been fascinated of the lifestyle of the people back from early 1800’s-1900’s. I like going to places full of mysteries and history. (Insert my late night binge watching of Murcdoch’s Mysteries in netflix. lol)
Now the tour of his summer house….. (I know it’s winter but we can always book a trip back!)
It was snowing that day, you can see his boat house (which is still preserved).
Now the house, It was only me and my chap who was visiting that day. They also rent out the property for weddings or special events as it has also it’s cafe facing the other way. It was once called the Brewery and was bought out by Stephen Leacocks.
Leacock was born in England in 1869. His father, Peter Leacock, and his mother, Agnes Emma Butler Leacock, were both from well-to-do families. The family, eventually consisting of eleven children, immigrated to Canada in 1876, settling on a one hundred-acre farm in Sutton, Ontario.
During the summer months, Leacock lived at Old Brewery Bay, his summer estate in Orillia, across Lake Simcoe from where he was raised and also bordering Lake Couchiching. A working farm, Old Brewery Bay is now a museum and National Historic Site of Canada. Gossip provided by the local barber, Jefferson Short, provided Leacock with the material which would become Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town (1912), set in the thinly-disguised Mariposa.
The dining area
The cupboard room
My favorite spot is the kitchen where you can have your tea while cooking and staring out in the water. Setting back in 1920’s where there’s no cellphone, computer, blog is probably not even imaginable to be existing in our age now. The Era you most likely will really get to enjoy a full day, disconnected to the world and social media, I do believe you’ll appreciate more your life without comparing yourself what you see in social media.
I believe this one has been converted to electric. But how cute is this? The place looks like my dollhouse for my barbie’s back when I was a child.
How gorgeous are the crinkets you’ll find here?
You can actually book a tea party here for only $10 each person and get to enjoy unlimited choice of tea. How awesome is that? If I probably live in the area I would be hosting a tea party once a week.
You can book it thru HERE
I love the old fireplace at his living room.
Here we can overlook the lake with the boat house.
He also have a big room full of books. I couldn’t help but read a few.
The books that he wrote, which you might be familiar one or two books perhaps?
With a gorgeous reading table.
The sun room where Leacok stayed most fo the time.
Oh I can’t wait to be back in the summer, I should probably rent a cabin which most Canadians do. Hope you enjoyed the tour as much as I did.