Scotsdale Farm Hike with the Take a HIKE Caledon Ladies Hiking Club
Today the Take A HIKE Caledon Ladies Hiking Club hiked the Bennett Heritage Trail, Maureen Smith Side Trail and the Bruce Trail in and around Scotsdale Farm with part of it being in the dark with flashlights 🙂 The trails are easy to moderate going through forested areas, farm lands and through the beautiful Scotsdale Farm.
About Scotsdale Farm:
“Christopher Cook built the original homestead in 1836. Some 30 years later, his son and daughter-in-law, David and Almira Cook incorporated the original structure into a large home. After buying the property in 1938, the Bennetts renovated the house to its current early American colonial style. The barn gable roof indicated it was built before 1880. The earthern ramp that leads to the “top Barn” enters the short end rather than the long side of the otherwise typical central Ontario barn. Stewart Gordon Bennett and his wife Violet (Letty) lived at Scotsdale Farm for 40 year. They raised Arabian horses and Shortborn cattle, farmed the land and cared for their wetlands, forests and streams. To ensure the property’s long term protedtion, the Bennetts generously bequeathed Scotsdale Farm to the Ontario Heritage Foundation. Due to their kindness, the public has been the 219 hectare working farm and hiking the Bennett trail since 1982. Typical for this part of Souther Ontario, Scotsdale Farm Comprises arable farmland, pastureland, evidence of nearby Niagara Escarpment, a moraine, upland forests, wetlands and two creeks. We invite you to explore. The Ontario Heritage Foundation preserves, protects and promotes the province’s cultural and natural heritage for the benefit of present and future generations. The project has been financially assisted by the Natural Areas Protection Program through the Government of Ontario.”
What a generous gift the Bennetts gave to The Ontario Heritage Foundation and to all of us to enjoy and explore.