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Location DB > Canada > Ontario > Markham > Abandoned Farm
Abandoned Farm
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created by scarlett on 11/9/2004 9:56 PM
last modified by EVmAN on 12/12/2010 5:14 PM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
This farm property consists of a fairly large brick and stone house, with a comma-shaped backyard pool, a detached three-car garage, a large "tractor garage", and a huge barn with stone foundation and stables (lower level of barn). There is a small apple orchard which was probably once quite large and for-profit, since the trees have metal tags on them. The house was boarded up until just yesterday; today (Nov. 8, 04) some of the boards were removed.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
 Physical Information
Staines Rd. and Seasons Dr. (past Finch and Neilson)
Markham, Ontario
Owner: Mattamy Homes (or parent company)
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  •  Hazards
  • Lots of broken glass on floor inside the house. Barn is being demolished; may be unsafe to walk in that area (demo guys say it's okay tho)
  •  Interesting Features
    The pool even has an outdoor shower (or the remnants of one, water doesn't actually flow from it). The interior has two fireplaces (one on main floor, one in master bedroom). This was one sweet house when it was first built!
     Security Measures
  • wooden boarding
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 0
    Closed: 0
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • long pants / sleeves
  • sturdy shoes (steel toe not necessary though)
  •  Recommended Equipment

    The house and barn are the older parts of the property, and the tractor garage and car garage are the newer parts. The barn is supposedly over a hundred years old, and built on top of an old Native American village (see below). Apparantly, the demolishers need to have a member of the historical society with them as they take up the foundation, in order to check for artifacts and such. The house is also supposedly over 90 years old, but it looks quite modern.

    "The similarities between Oka and this new project in Scarborough are striking: a developer wants to build a residential subdivision on what has been identified as an Iroquois burial ground/archeological site. A few protesters are occupying the site now, and eerily, it is right across from a golf course.

    The 400-hectare site owned by developer Rudy Bratty is valued at about $4 million and is slated for immediate development of 2000 houses schools and a shopping centre beginning May 30th.

    The site has been the subject of several archeological analyses by Dana Poulton in 1986 and 1987 recently reported in 1988 which included information from 1973 and contained in a letter May 07, 2000 to the former property owner Chris Evans and has been found to have a small prehistoric village with 700 hundred lodges, and two longhouses. The Iroquois who lived there in the 1300s and 1400s buried their dead under the longhouses and moved on when wood and resources became scarce. This makes each site a snapshot of valuable archeological significance.

    Limited digs on the site by a private archeologist unearthed a number of Huron artifacts, including ceramics and smoking pipes. An anthropologist at University of Toronto confirmed the artifacts are likely from an Aboriginal settlements dating from 1300 and 1400."

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     Future Plans
    Demolished. City of Toronto wants to make it a park of some sort. Although I think they really just want to turn it into houses.

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     Photo Galleries
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    scarlett's first visit (exterior and surrounding buildings) (8/11/2004)
    Tue, Nov 9th, 2004
    posted by scarlett
    21 pictures
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    scarlett's second visit (interior shots)
    Thu, Nov 11th, 2004
    posted by scarlett
    26 pictures
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    Roadwolf and scarlett's exploration
    Sun, Nov 14th, 2004
    posted by Roadwolf
    18 pictures

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    Category Rating
    Photography 7 / 10
    Coolness 7 / 10
    Content Quality 7 / 10
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 12/13/2010 3:21 AM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Dec 13 10 at 3:21, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Dec 12 10 at 17:14, EVmAN changed the following: Status
  • on Jan 13 09 at 3:20, Steed validated this location
  • on Jan 12 09 at 22:46, Yehoshua changed the following: City
  • on Feb 27 06 at 4:09, Jupiter changed the following: Publically Viewable
  • on Jan 2 06 at 2:40, scarlett changed the following: Notes for Mods, Future Plans
  • on Nov 11 05 at 8:57, oldtimer changed the following: Latitude, Longitude, Co-ordinate Accuracy
  • on Apr 9 05 at 23:10, scarlett made this location available
  • on Nov 29 04 at 2:12, scarlett changed the main information
  • on Nov 20 04 at 2:40, scarlett changed the main information
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