Hello Windsor History Fans!


North Entrance of Willistead Park, Windsor, Ontario, before wrought iron fence installed around entire park, circa 1910






Hey, it’s Elaine, of Walkerville Publishing. You may remember when we produced “The Walkerville Times” and then “The Times Magazine, publications that celebrated the history of Windsor and area. We did 58 issues in all between 1999 and 2007.

I was the managing editor. It was a ton of work. I loved it. I hated it.

I miss it.

And i’m not the only one. Lots of people have told me how much they miss it too so today, when I was walking around Walkerville during a very welcome February thaw, i decided to do a blog.

Yeah, genius eh?

I’m not 100% sure what will be in this blog, but I do know it will have lots of photos, old and new. People are fascinated with old photos of their city.

The new photos will document how Windsor looks now and highlight which old buildings and streetscapes have managed to escape the dreaded wrecking ball.

Lord knows, Windsor has a culture of tearing down the old and building new, not necessarily better structures.

I originally started this blog using a different blogging service but decided to switch over to wordpress as I think it will be easier for people to subscribe and comment.

I hope you enjoy Windsor Then Windsor Now (WTWN). Feel free to ask questions about Windsor’s past and to post your own old photos and stories that will be of interest to other readers.

So, welcome. I hope you like it.

P.S. Two notes of interest about the photo above: 1/ the auto entrance had to be widened to accomodate bigger cars which meant that the pedestrian entrance on the right disappeared to accomodate the wider main gate. 2/ Mary Walker, wife of Edward Walker (son of Hiram Walker of Canadian Club fame and founder of his company town Walkerville where Willistead was built in 1906) had the wrought iron fence erected around the 16-acre property because couples were apparently discovered doing naughty things on the grounds.

About Elaine Weeks

How history was taught in my day: memorize lots of boring dates and facts, watch corny old black & white history films. There was one bright spot, however. Grade 9 history at Walkerville Collegiate with Miss Falls (Georgina) when she taught a section on local history and took us on a field trip to explore some of Windsor's built heritage. Due to a series of peculiar events, celebrating local history became part of my business. My company, Walkerville Publishing Inc., (partner is Chris Edwards) launched "The Walkerville Times" in 1999 and we produced 61 issues - the last in 2016. In 2004, we began producing local history books; that year we released "Best of The Times Magazine". Our current titles include 5000 Ways You Know You're From Detroit, 500 Ways You Know You're From Windsor, Walkerville - Whisky Town Extraordinaire, and Windsor Then - A Pictorial Essay of Windsor's Glorious Past. I also wrote a novel, Time Trespasser, that blends time travel with local history. I am working on a sequel. I am a writer, editor, blogger, photographer, mother, wife, sister, activist, traveller, gardener, knitter, glass is nearly full person.
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2 Responses to Hello Windsor History Fans!

  1. ElaineW says:

    >Thanks Sheryl! We have so many stories that we never published. Glad i saved them! Just published one about an eccentric millionaire who threw thousands of dollar bills out of the window of the Prince Edward Hotel in the 1940s.

  2. >Fantastic to see you writing this! Looking forward to your blogging.

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