Braetop Cotage, 1st Recorded Church Meeting Place In Peterborough, Circa 1819

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Braetop Cotage, 274 Edinburgh Street
Peterborough ON K9H 3E6
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A very Historic House which should mean something as it was one of the first houses to be built just before or at the same time as Adam Scott's, but was built in Smith Town, Smith Township, 1818-1819 just outside the future site of Peterborough and probably the first building to be made of brick before 1840 as we had brick makers in the area in 1834, 1836 by the surname of Walsh. We have been on the Trent Valley Archives Tour, plus in April, 2016 on a Peterborough Examiner History Hunt and we have also received Trent University students sent to check out our Cotage and Smith Town Hill House by a Trent Professor before the start of the year 2000. PROBABLY(?) the first house to be built in Smith Town & which has part of it still standing. Picture and description placed in Peterborough Examiner by A. G. Elliott in an article featuring the Smith Town Hill neighbourhood, a well known Historian who was from the University Of Toronto, but now works in the history part of the Canadian Government, who has released a book called the Glory Days on Historic Peterborough after the period that the Cotage was built for Christmas time of 2012. Recorded by a travelling horseback riding Methodist Preacher, Rev. Greene whose Journals are kept at the University Of Toronto as the only place he could hold a meeting close or in the soon to be Peterborough, so he rode along the First Nations Trail (Samuel de Champlain Portage Route) in order to find it just north of the tiny settlement of Adam Scott. It was a log cabin with logs split in half and hollowed out for a roof, much like they do with clay tiles for a roof, with the front facing east which was the First Nations Portage Route and not Edinburgh Street which did not exist at that time. The dimensions of the original basement are a very close match to his description and would set back far enough from the First Nations Trail which was, marked by a blazed tree taken down and boulder in the 1980's on the corner of the property to be a friendly stop but not intruding. Later on a great majority of the richest people in Peterborough, first built around it on Smith Town Hill before relocating to other sections of the town such as The Avenues. A private home that is being changed as much as possible on the outside to take it back in time but needs government funds to do any major changes. Cotage was changed from oil heat to baseboard electric in 1987, lighting was changed slowly to LED starting year 1998, F.C.I. as he is known helped replace all the windows by year 2013 to double paned, low e, with two being triple paned. He was fast, very careful of the plants, very clean inside and outside the house and very good labourers. The outer walls are hand made brick as they are frogless (Time Team Source on Channel 4 England or TVO) covered by fence type wire reinforced stucco. All the plumbing was upgraded in year 2000 when the bathroom was modernized with low-flow toilet and shower head plus kitchen sink and cupboards. The spirit seems to be making himself very scarce now the modernization has taken place as the dogs do not stare at any chairs as they used to do on a regular basis. Outside entrance that goes into the kitchen area has the three remaining front porch pillars from around 1840 and would have been on the back of the old log cabin as the front of the old log cabin faced the First Nations Portage Route, not the street as there wasn't any streets then. The kitchen has exposed beams with insulated attic, the beams right now holding two signs, a straw broom, chicken fence egg basket and baskets of various sizes and makes. The living room has a field stone(rubble) fireplace which is directly above where the original log cabin fireplace used to be which you can tell by the floor beams and the smaller stones in the basement walls. The basement floor is still dirt as was the original log cabin floor built by the Cumberland Group(1818) for a widow who could not claim a farm due to the settlers act for this area, with maybe a plank floor but not as elaborately done as the plank floor as Smith Town Hill House directly across the road where the plank floor was built on square beams and those square beams rested on stone bases. We still have no clue where the well sat on the property as it was so well filled in, but we do know that the First Nation Trail-10,000+years(Samuel de Champlain Portage Route) did cross the property at the exact point due to a blazed tree as the First Nations people would do plus stay on the highest ground to protect themselves, when we moved in year 1984. The map which accompanies this description includes Peterborough along with Ashburnham and Smith Town Hill(north road Smith St., now known as Parkhill, west road Park, east roads Harvey & Water Sts. incl. Armour, & south road Townsend incl. Maria. which was lithographed by Sir Sandford Fleming in 1846, in Toronto where he finally placed the houses on it having only done the roads in Peterborough, relying on his memory of where the houses were, so Braetop Cotage plus Smith Town Hill House were placed wrongly between Bethune St. and Aylmer St. on Edinburgh, when they were really on the very top of the hill. If you want a very good view of the map the Peterborough citizens refused to buy, go to Hutchison House where it is displayed on the wall of one room in its'very large size. Fits into Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act by its' background. Present 1/2 owner/male since 1984 has a connection to previous owners since male owner came back from war about 1945 with bullet in head that could not be removed thus causing him continual headache(I have continual headache due to removal of brain tumour) and other male owner was Trent Univ. Prof.(I was clerk/ typist of Const. Co., which built CN Tower a few years later, but my job was at Main Campus Of Trent Univ. before there were any buildings, out on the main campus, at age 18 in 1965). Both owners at the present time have acquired rare diseases that took over fifteen years to diagnose for each one. Our apologies for information lacking on other map sites which seem to have lost a lot of information that we placed there for your perusal. More of our Fyple sites of Peterborough such as Kirkview, Smith Town Hill House, Boyd Parkette(Smith Town Hill Parkette),Cenotaph 1929 and Wall Of Honour 2010 with information and we welcome your reviews. In the Birds Eye View Braetop Cotage is the house with the curved walkway, green vehicle and in the lowest part of the picture, all by itself.

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As there were three brickmakers/bricklayers after 1835 I would think that this building was redone before 1837 as the bricks are not frogged.
12/26/2018 6:58:07 AM Report

This is a QUAINT Cotage sitting on the very top of Smith Town Hill that needs some money put into paint and labor. It already has had the money put into the cedar looking shingles, simulated multi-paned energy efficient windows, gravel driveway, updated plumbing, wiring, etc., etc., without any government help under any historic properties help. I feel sorry for any homeowner in the neighbourhood who owns a historic property and wants to keep it up but lacks the funding. If there was any example of a need for funding, this Cotage is the one.
4/7/2013 5:27:41 PM Report

It certainly needs some money in it to take it back to the 1840's to make it look like the hand made brick building it used to look like, let alone the log cabin that was struck by lightning and caught on fire before that that they held the first recorded Peterborough Church Meeting in.
6/5/2012 9:03:42 PM Report
The city has not been very kind to the very first part of Peterborough that they amalgamated which was Smith Town-Land between McDonnel St. and Smith(Parkhill Rd.) St.!
4/7/2013 4:06:56 PM - Report