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Rooted articles share stories about the people and places that make Barrie and area a community residents are proud to call home.

This section is made possible by our Community Leaders Program.


Another brick in the wall: How the old Roxy Theatre was built

Another brick in the wall: How the old Roxy Theatre was built

From movies to music, venerable downtown building remains an icon on Dunlop Street West; 'The Saso legacy is about the Roxy'
With creation of Barrie Switch in 1865, Allandale 'came to life'

With creation of Barrie Switch in 1865, Allandale 'came to life'

Southshore Centre was originally known as the master mechanic and stores department building, hearkening back to a time when public access to the waterfront wasn't so easy
Enduring friendships made at historic Barrie Curling Club

Enduring friendships made at historic Barrie Curling Club

At one time, Barrie had two curling clubs, which eventually amalgamated in 1931
Heritage homeowners are 'stewards' of local history <b>(5 photos)</b>

Heritage homeowners are 'stewards' of local history (5 photos)

'As homes of that era were all custom built, they all represent the owner’s sense of style and design, or what they felt was important'
Heritage building offers glimpse into Barrie’s military past

Heritage building offers glimpse into Barrie’s military past

'The regiment was in existence long before Canada was in existence,' notes museum curator of facility that is a treasure trove of memorabilia
'Beautiful Barrie' tome remains a real page turner for local history buffs

'Beautiful Barrie' tome remains a real page turner for local history buffs

Co-authors Su Murdoch and Brad Rudachyk hope others will step up and build on what they've started
More to history than just bricks and mortar

More to history than just bricks and mortar

Many of the city's larger and more unique heritage homes were built by once-prominent members of the community
Take a slow stroll around the waterfront, get up to speed on city's history

Take a slow stroll around the waterfront, get up to speed on city's history

Barrie Waterfront Heritage Trail was the brainchild of the city's first mayor, Willard Kinzie, who died in November 2018 at the age of 99
Preserving the past by looking to the future

Preserving the past by looking to the future

'In the early days we had card catalogues that were all typed out on typewriters. The first computer we got was in the early ‘90s and we got our first database in 1996, but we still have the old ways of accessing information,' says archivist
Shouting out Barrie's history!

Shouting out Barrie's history!

Former Brit continues to conduct his historical walking tours of downtown Barrie, which are well attended and something he's happy to do