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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> 'Elegant' Poyntz St. home linked to former premier E.C. Drury

THEN AND NOW: 'Elegant' Poyntz St. home linked to former premier E.C. Drury

Josephine Clara Simpson's neighbour was acclaimed teacher Emma King, whose name adorns elementary school on Cundles Road West
<b>THEN AND NOW:</b> The Breezes remains a family home to this day

THEN AND NOW: The Breezes remains a family home to this day

Berczy Street house continues to sit at the crest of a pleasant wooded hillside overlooking beautiful Kempenfelt Bay
<b>THEN AND NOW:</b> Ross Block once home to OPP in downtown Barrie

THEN AND NOW: Ross Block once home to OPP in downtown Barrie

When thousands of troops from nearby Camp Borden descended on Barrie in 1940, the taps soon went dry and the shenanigans began
<b>THEN AND NOW:</b> Many tanners had skins in the game in Barrie's early days

THEN AND NOW: Many tanners had skins in the game in Barrie's early days

In 1850, Andrew Graham built a tannery on Barrie's waterfront, just east of Poyntz Street, called the Lake Simcoe Tannery
<b>THEN AND NOW:</b> Compelling story hides behind nondescript facade

THEN AND NOW: Compelling story hides behind nondescript facade

Unassuming storefront on the northwest corner of Mary and Dunlop streets might once have been hard to miss, but it's rich in history
<b>THEN AND NOW:</b> Ardtrea one of the city's most iconic mansions

THEN AND NOW: Ardtrea one of the city's most iconic mansions

In the 1890s, the Clapperton Street home was a magnificent estate with beautiful gardens, lawn tennis and a bowling green
<b>THEN AND NOW:</b> Wattie House — majestic, endearing and rock solid

THEN AND NOW: Wattie House — majestic, endearing and rock solid

With flat edge field stones that went all the way to the roof line and uncut stones used for the cellar walls, Wattie House, built in 1872, was built to last
<b>THEN AND NOW:</b> Highlands home to newspaperman, teacher and singer

THEN AND NOW: Highlands home to newspaperman, teacher and singer

Berczy Street home's sturdy design was crowned with a fabulous centre turret and also had a view of the bay
<b>THEN AND NOW:</b> Holgate House paints beautiful picture of Allandale's heritage

THEN AND NOW: Holgate House paints beautiful picture of Allandale's heritage

Allandale-born artist Edwin Holgate was invited to join Group of Seven in 1929 and showed with the famous group in 1930-31
<b>THEN AND NOW:</b> Parklands near Shanty Bay a 'powerful' piece of local history

THEN AND NOW: Parklands near Shanty Bay a 'powerful' piece of local history

Around 85 acres in size, estate had beautifully manicured lawns, natural woodlands, even a lighthouse and its own private power plant