Gardens worth preserving
Two properties bear the mark of famous landscape architect
STUNNING SCENERY, world-class accommodations and an abundance of recreation make the communities that ring Lake Simcoe popular destinations for visitors.
The lakeshore towns of Roches Point, Jackson’s Point, Orchard Beech and Baldwin are well steeped in history too, attracting those who search out Ontario heritage. Five National Historic Sites ring the lake — churches, former private residences, a historic bridge and even a First Nation fish weir that was constructed to trap fish.
Among the most visually spectacular are the gardens of the National Historic Sites Beechcroft and Lakehurst in Roches Point. The properties are privately owned with limited public access.
No less significant is the history behind the sites — history that mixes wealth, genius, power and lost fortunes.
The properties are the work of three influential Victorian men. Anson Dodge and Capt. Isaac May were the ones with the money. The revered dean of landscape architects, American Frederick Olmsted, was the man with the vision. >>