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Then and Now shares historical photos and personal stories of past people, places, and events and connects them to their significance today. They are made possible through the continued support of Georgian International as part of our Community Leaders Program.


<b>THEN AND NOW:</b> Midhurst cottage home to several ministers

THEN AND NOW: Midhurst cottage home to several ministers

Manse on Finlay Mill Road was rented in 1918 and sold in 1927; Midhurst settlement known as Oliver’s Mills until it was renamed in 1864
<b>THEN AND NOW:</b> History overflows at 'Little Brown Church'

THEN AND NOW: History overflows at 'Little Brown Church'

Thanks to volunteer community effort, charming frame church on Doran Road in Midhurst was dedicated in the summer of 1887
<b>THEN AND NOW:</b> Little Ave. big part of pioneer's legacy

THEN AND NOW: Little Ave. big part of pioneer's legacy

Named after William Little, this now-busy part of town was once likely considered to be the 'boonies'
<b>THEN AND NOW:</b> Nomadic tobogganers searched for thrills

THEN AND NOW: Nomadic tobogganers searched for thrills

'It doesn’t get more urban (or bold!) than tobogganing down a laneway off one of the busiest streets in town'
<b>THEN AND NOW:</b> The bands played on <b>(8 photos)</b>

THEN AND NOW: The bands played on (8 photos)

Barrie boasted numerous musical groups, including the Central Collegiate Band, Fig Leaf Jazz Band, and Central Dance Band
<b>THEN AND NOW:</b> Hardware store thrived downtown

THEN AND NOW: Hardware store thrived downtown

J.R. Henderson's hardware store found success on Dunlop Street in late 1800s
<b>THEN AND NOW:</b> Minesing School found new life after 1960

THEN AND NOW: Minesing School found new life after 1960

Though school closed for short time in the 1960s, the site has long history and downstairs bowling alley
<b>THEN AND NOW:</b> Building remains fixture on 'Old Mill Road'

THEN AND NOW: Building remains fixture on 'Old Mill Road'

Many have come and gone at historic Bayfield Street structure
<b>THEN AND NOW:</b> Recreating a classic photo of Maj. Rogers

THEN AND NOW: Recreating a classic photo of Maj. Rogers

Prominent Barrie resident had candid moment in 1903
<b>THEN AND NOW:</b> Oddfellow, boxing trainer lived at John St. home

THEN AND NOW: Oddfellow, boxing trainer lived at John St. home

Over the years, this small dwelling has had modifications to the veranda and roof line, and hip roof dormer is now gone, but it's still every bit a delightful home