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Feature

and fun

^History By MICHELLE TAYLOR

Tours of the Waterloo Pioneers

of beauty. The

Memorial Tower arc also offered. “It was built as a monument to the

time to a

A

little bit

of history

building has five bedrooms deco-

min-

is just

from Conestoga College. Dawn-Glo Village and Stables, located at 437 Pioneer Tower Rd., Kitchener, is one of the first farms settled in Waterloo County. According to Dawn-Glo’s Web site, Joseph Schoerg and Samuel Betzner travelled here from Pennsylvania in 1800 to settle on the banks of the Grand River on a site that today houses Dawn-Glo. However, its current site wasn’t the first Dawn-Glo farm. In 1800 Bill

Easton’s great-grandfather

naming

this

way and an

first settlers,”

oversized farm kitchen. Step out of

The tower

rated in a “uniciue”

the building and take in the view of the

phra.sed

“Little

diction

settlers

of the

Historic Site.

Kitchener and

farm,

bird

meeting house. trail rides and

stable offers

western

riding

country

aviary,

lessons

as

well.

from (age) eight and up, from beginner to showoffer lessons

ing,”

Easton

“Trail rides are

said.

Glo.

offered every day weather-permit-

1976 Easton and his family purchased the Betzner farm and

ting.”

In

called

it

Dawn-Glo

Even on a rainy day

can be seen taking

visitors

in the sights

and

sounds of the farm.

Stables. Easton

said the family purchased the farm

was close to town and it worked for what they needed for because people

who

nal

to

the

business

love horses.

The family has, over the worked to keep the farm as

is

origi-

of the

spread out

summer.”

1800s as possible. In

1996 the adjoining farmhouse,

Bill Easton,

set-

by Schoerg. had been sold for development and the Eastons came up with a plan to keep the farm heritage: a bed and breakfast restored it to its original 1800 decor. Easton said business has gone well. “It’s been running for six to seven years and it has been pretty good,’’ he said. “A lot of people enjoy it.’’ When you visit the bed and tled

owner,

Dawn-Glow

Village

and Stables

Street

home

to

North in Canada’s

Diane

Paquette,

management

services clerk at Woodside, said the tower

was

built

over a period of

three years. “In 1923, de.scendanLs

of the bers

first settlers

and some

mem-

of the Waterloo Historical

Society created a memorial associ-

This association purchased one acre of land on the Betzner homestead where several settlers ation.

(Photos by Michelle Taylor)

The Dawn-Glo

Paquette, the tower

and Stables is open year round for trail rides, hiking, fishing and horseback lessons. Below, the view of the Grand River from the backyard of the bed and breakfast on

national historic

the premises.

were

buried.”

According to was declared a site in 1926 when

Village

it

over two months

years,

is

was completed. The farm also has a charity rodeo every year. “The rodeo attracts over 5,000 people over two days,” Easton said. The rodeo is held in August with the money earned going to Crime Stoppers. “Sixty

“Sixty per cent of our

it

Wellington

0th prime minister.

has added a pet-

playground, and

“We

1

by Parks under the Juris-

Woodside National Woodside is located

on

The

farm Dawn-

of

Dawn-Glo Stables has become Dawn-Glo Village and Stables ting

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run

is

area.

It

2002

Easton said.

.so it falls

by the

over the years.

left

Canada,

Grand River

Paradise”

native England and settled outside

Ayr, Ont.,

life

4,

Dawn-Glo

at

breakfast you are transported back in

utes

SPOKE, November

per cent of our business

is

spread

out over two months of the summer.”

Open all year round from dusk until dawn visitors can hike, fish, snow shoe and cross-country ski. Access a step

Grand River trails is away. “Trails are groomed to the

for hiking

and open

to the public,”

Dawn-Glo Village and Stables Tip-A-Mug saloon and a

has a

craft store as well.

When asked what it’s like to work on a horse farm Easton said, “It’s been home for 30 years. It’s our hobby and it’s our living.”

he said.

BE PREPARED

VIP/CIP 2002

for crowds, long lunch linos

& class cancollations!

VISITOR INFORMATION

PROGRAM

COLLEGE INFORMATION

PROGRAM

Wednesday, November 13 8:00 3500 at

or

am

-

2:30

pm

more High School Students

will

Conestoga College to visit with 25 Ontario Colleges and learn about Conestoga College Programs.

Conestoga College & 24 Ontario College Recreation Centre Colleges for an open House at the Conestoga pm. on Tuesday, November 12 from 7:00 pm 8:30

The general public be

is

also invited to join

of these dates? Interested in volunteering your time for either Have any questions or comments? Contact Jan Stroh at 519-748-5220,

ext.

3279.

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