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1242 Bronte Road, Oakville, Canadian Inventory of Heritage Buildings, 1972
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1242 Bronte Road, Oakville, Canadian Inventory of Heritage Buildings, 1972


1242 Bronte Road is named "The Woodlands", home to George S. Atkins. In addition to the front and back sides of the blue indext contact sheet card, there are 7 photos of the house and barns included in this record. Click on Select Images to view all. From the Autumn 2002 Newsletter of the Bronte Historical Society with additional information from the December 2002 Newsletter with the response of George Atkins: A house was built in 1846 on the property for the Sawyer and remained for his use and that of subsequent employees (of the sawmill on the property). James White built the grander house in 1864 for his use. He owned at least 350 acres on both sides of Bronte Road from the Lower Middle Road (now the Queen Elizabeth Way) to Upper Middle Road, which area was called Merton. The property was called "Woodlands". James was a major developer of the timber resources in the Twelve Mile Creek valley. He established a farm with stables, breeding and foaling barns, and a racetrack. In June 1860, James' horse, Don Juan, a 5 year old bay, won the 50 guinea winners purse at the first running of the Queen's Plate. A plaque on the east side of Bronte Road records the event. John, brother of James, served as a magistrate for Halton County. John moved to Milton, became the Liberal Member of Parliament for Halton and was largely responsible for Milton becoming the County seat. The Atkins family came from the United States in 1921. They farmed the property and managed the woodlots. George became well known in the world of radio with the CBC farm broadcasts and later was recognized for his work with The Worldwide Developing Countries Farm Radio Network. A link to the Wikipedia page for George Atkins is included for your further information. (One note: a mention in the Nelson Women's Tweedsmuir records is of George singing a solo as a child.) As of 2002, the Atkins sold the house and moved to Ontario's Bruce Penninsula area. 1242 Bronte Road is on Lot 31, Con 2 SDS Trafalgar. The 1877 Illustrated Historical Atlas : The County of Halton shows the considerably large original property as owned by James White as to the present day part of Lot 31 where the house sits. The house is a Designated Heritage Property of the Town of Oakville.