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Jun 3, 2011

There be Glenvillains here

Looking like it could have been photographed in Muskoka, Haliburton, Algonquin or Temagami, Glenville Pond sits pretty on the northern flank of the Oak Ridges Moraine, in King Township.   It and two connecting ponds are beacons for wildlife, ranging from beaver and muskrat to Grey Blue Herons and Belted Kingfishers.   Introduced species include Mute Swans pictured below.
The ubiquitous Painted Turtle is found all around the main Glenville Pond
The Glenville Pond outflow is found on the north side of Highway 9 and is affectionately known by locals,  as the Glenville Falls.                                                                                                  All photos by BarrytheBirder
Glenville, in 2011, couldn't look more woodsy and pastoral.  But 200 years ago the land around the main pond and the connecting ponds looked entirely different, as the hamlet was a going concern that featured sawmills, flour mills, a distillery, blacksmiths, a blanket and carpet-maker, a hat-maker, 2 hotels, a church, a school, a Temperance Hall and a post office.   Today, the homes of Glenville residents have disappeared into the trees again.   There are many families to be found nearby but you wouldn't know it driving by.   It's only when you notice the size of the communal mail box that you realize their are still many Glenvillains to be found hereabout.   Please comment if you wish.

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