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  • The Townsend Mansion
        Summary This Georgian-revival structure built circa 1848 can be found in the small town of Mount Pleasant; it was constructed on lot 9 and part of lot 8. This property used to be 414 acres originally granted to William Sturgis. Eventually 100 acres was sold to Alvah Townsend, thus the ...
      Summary This Georgian-revival structure built circa 1848 can be found in the ...
  • The Work of Our Hands: A History of Mount Pleasant, 1799~1899
        The Work of Our Hands chronicles the history of the town of Mount Pleasant from its earliest settlements through the end of the 19th century. In order to have meaning, local history must relate all aspects of a particular community’s development to a larger context. Mount Pleasant stands out as ...
      The Work of Our Hands chronicles the history of the town of ...
  • Devlin Family Siblings, c. 1870s
        This photograph, taken c. 1870, depicts a group of Devlin family siblings from Mount Pleasant. It was printed on page 210 of The Work of Our Hands by Sharon Jaeger, and was provided by Linda Guest. The people in this photo are: Top row from left, G.F. Devlin; Jim Devlin; ...
      This photograph, taken c. 1870, depicts a group of Devlin family siblings ...
  • Mount Pleasant Foot Ball Club
        This undated photograph, probably taken in the early 1900s, shows the players of the Mount Pleasant Foot Ball Club. It was printed on page 224 of The Work of Our Hands by Sharon Jaeger, and was provided by Linda Guest. The men in the photo are, left to right: Back ...
      This undated photograph, probably taken in the early 1900s, shows the players ...
  • Epaphras Lord Phelps (Onasquesakon), Brant's Secretary
        This copy of a painting portrays Epaphras Lord Phelps, also known as Onasquesakon. Originally a school teacher from the United States, he taught a school in Long Point, Blenheim and in Brant's Mohawk village; later, from 1800 to 1812, he was Joseph Brant's white secretary. He was trusted enough by ...
      This copy of a painting portrays Epaphras Lord Phelps, also known as ...
  • Jim and Charles Guest, Guest Bros. Butchers, 734 Mt. Pleasant Road, c. 19th century
        This photograph, which appears to be from the 19th century, shows Jack and Charles Guest, the brothers who operated the Guest Bros. Butchers business. They operated from the small house depicted, which was the original Guest residence at 734 Mount Pleasant Rd. This photograph was printed on page 186 of ...
      This photograph, which appears to be from the 19th century, shows Jack ...
  • Hiram Phelps (1804-1877), son of Epaphras Lord Phelps, Mount Pleasant
        This copy of a portrait painting depicts Hiram Phelps, the son of Epaphras Lord Phelps. Hiram was a successful farmer, and took a great interest in local affairs. He was Reeve of Brantford Township in 1854. His family lived in a large home on the Phelps tract, now 513 Mount ...
      This copy of a portrait painting depicts Hiram Phelps, the son of ...
  • Haight Mill and Flume, Mount Pleasant
        This photograph shows an unidentified woman sitting atop the flume of the Haight Mill in Mount Pleasant. It was printed on page 83 of The Work of Our Hands by Sharon Jaeger, and was provided by Linda Guest. The old Andrew Nellis farm was on the hill up from the ...
      This photograph shows an unidentified woman sitting atop the flume of the ...
  • Nelles Academy Class Photograph, Mount Pleasant, c. 1893
        This c. 1893 photograph shows the class of the Nelles Academy in Mount Pleasant, c. 1893. It was built c. 1846 and torn down c. 1900. It began as a private school providing classical education and was founded by Dr. William Nelles. The Academy was situated on the same location ...
      This c. 1893 photograph shows the class of the Nelles Academy in ...
  • Haight Mill, 1911
        This 1911 photograph shows the Haight Mill sometime before being demolished to build the Provincial Fish Hatchery on the site that remains on the site. The property was owned by a variety of land speculators. The date of the mill is uncertain, but may be either c. 1820 or, according ...
      This 1911 photograph shows the Haight Mill sometime before being demolished to ...
  • Photograph of Brucefield, Mount Pleasant, c. 2003
        This recent photograph, from 2003, depicts Brucefield in its current state. Several older photographs of Brucefield are also available in this collection, and can be accessed by clicking the links below the image. This photograph was printed on page 141 of The Work of Our Hands by Sharon Jaeger and ...
      This recent photograph, from 2003, depicts Brucefield in its current state. Several ...
  • Modern Photo of Emily Townsend House, Mount Pleasant
        This modern photograph shows the Emily Townsend House, 637 Mount Pleasant Road, in its modern state. The house was built by Alvah Townsend for his daughter Emily, who lived there until the property was sold to Alfred Grantham in 1894. This photograph was printed on page 149 of The Work ...
      This modern photograph shows the Emily Townsend House, 637 Mount Pleasant Road, ...
  • Phelps/McAlister House, Mount Pleasant
        This modern photograph shows the Phelps/McAlister house at 641 Mount Pleasant Road. It was built c. 1870 by Epaphras L. Phelps using the frame of what was probably the Abraham Cooke store, established on a 5 1/2 acre plot he was granted in 1836. The McAlister family acquired the house ...
      This modern photograph shows the Phelps/McAlister house at 641 Mount Pleasant Road. ...
  • Modern Photograph of Hiram Phelps House, Mount Pleasant, 2004
        This 2004 photograph shows the Hiram Phelps House, 513 Mount Pleasant Road, in its modern form. It was built in the same period as Idylbrook and the distinctive Tennant octagonal house, and shares with them its Greek Revival style pedimented hood moulds over lower windows. This photograph was printed on ...
      This 2004 photograph shows the Hiram Phelps House, 513 Mount Pleasant Road, ...
  • Modern Photograph of Idylbrook, Mount pleasant, c. 2000
        This modern photograph shows Idylbrook in Mount Pleasant as it was c. 2000. Possibly built by Andrew Eadie who obtained the property in 1837, it was set into the side of the hill on Mount Pleasant Creek. This photograph was printed on page 139 of The Work of Our Hands ...
      This modern photograph shows Idylbrook in Mount Pleasant as it was c. ...
  • Lieutenant William Winer “Willie” Cooke, c. 1874-76
        This photograph depicts Lieutenant William Winer “Willie” Cooke, a part of the Mount Pleasant Cooke family and a member of the United States Seventh Cavalry. He fought in the battle of Little Bighorn, where was killed. This image was digitized by the Denver Public Library and can also be accessed ...
      This photograph depicts Lieutenant William Winer “Willie” Cooke, a part of the ...
  • Custer Hunting Party with William Winer Cooke, 1875
        This 1875 photograph depicts a hunting party with General Custer and his social group, including Lieutenant William Winer Cooke of Mount Pleasant. This image was digitized by the Denver Public Library and can also be accessed on their site using the link below the image. This image was printed on ...
      This 1875 photograph depicts a hunting party with General Custer and his ...
  • Arthur Sturgis Hardy of Mount Pleasant, 4th Premier of Ontario, c. 1896-99
        This photograph shows Arthur Sturgis Hardy, fourth Premier of Ontario, posed in his office c. 1896-99. Hardy was born in Mount Pleasant and was raised there before leaving to study law. He became a lawyer, and practiced for a number of years before entering politics. He was first elected to ...
      This photograph shows Arthur Sturgis Hardy, fourth Premier of Ontario, posed in ...
  • Postcard depicting the Rev. George Bryce
        The original correspondence reads: Mrs. B+I having finished our tour in England, [Italy?] & Scotland expect to sail from Glasgow to Montreal on Sept. 5th Best wishes George Bryce Birthday April 22nd It was addressed to Dr. John Bryce V.S. Erie City Pennsylvania United States Later notes on the postcard ...
      The original correspondence reads: Mrs. B+I having finished our tour in England, ...
  • Biggar House, Mount Pleasant, c. 1960
        This photograph depicts Biggar House with a later addition, c. 1960. It was printed on page 72 of The Work of Our Hands by Sharon Jaeger, and was provided by Linda Guest. Biggar House was originally built in the early 19th century, probably for Robert Biggar, by John Randall Ellis. ...
      This photograph depicts Biggar House with a later addition, c. 1960. It ...
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The Work of Our Hands


This group contains the images which were printed in The Work of Our Hands, by Sharon Jaeger. Most of them have been scanned from the original photos or documents for authenticity.