THROWBACK THURSDAY

The Duff-Baby House located in Olde Sandwich Towne in Windsor is the oldest standing structure in the city. This week’s Throwback Thursday Pic was taken sometime in the early decades of the 20th Century when the house was still a private dwelling. Alexander Duff built the house in 1798 to be a base for his fur trading operations. In 1807, James Baby bought the house for his family. The house survived the War of 1812 even though the Americans captured and looted the house. The Baby family occupied the house until 1871. In 1905, Dr. William Beasley bought the house, where he operated his medical practice and his family lived. In 1979, the Ontario Heritage Trust bought the house from Dr. Beasley’s daughter Isobel Beasley. The front porch has long since be removed from the structure and the Ontario government uses the house for offices. On occasion, the house is open for tours to the public. If you are interested in other historic images of Windsor, please visit the library’s digital exhibits page “Windsor’s History and Pictures” at https://windsorpubliclibrary.contentdm.oclc.org/.

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