E.D. Tillson’s Annandale Model Farm – Guest Blogger Patricia Phelps, Curator Annandale NHS

4.2.7Annandale House was built as the “farm house” for E.D. Tillson’s 600 acre model farm.  Impressive enough in its own right, the house was only one of several amazing structures that made up Annandale Farm. The operation was primarily a dairy farm with E.D. owning a registered herd of Holstein cattle (approx. 56 head). The farm consisted of a large brick barn, a dairy, a piggery, two stocked trout ponds and several other smaller buildings.  It was mapped and laid-out with streets being created and named.   Farm lane winter cowsE.D. planted 250 maple trees down his “Maple Lane” – a street that still bares that name today, although unfortunately most of the trees are gone.

The pictures scene here were taken in the 1890s by Tillsonburg photographer James Pollard.  Of particular interest is the large brick barn, which at the time of its construction, was said to be the largest brick barn in the Province of Ontario. The barn was 60 x 125 ft with an “ell” extension that measured 46 x 48 ft. It was three storeys high.  It included 5 interior pit style silos that could house 900 tones of ensilage. 4.2.7The 80 cow stalls and 20 calf stalls had running water and were constructed with tongue and groove paneling. So impressive was the barn and farm operation that over 200 articles were written about it in Farming Magazines of the day and interested farmers travelled from all over Canada and the U.S. to come and see the operation.

Sadly, like so much of our built heritage, the barn Farm lane central n to s trout on Lwas demolished for a sub-division in the 1954—at that time the London Free Press still reported it as the largest brick barn in the province.

Contact Information

Patricia Phelps, Curator, Annandale NHS

30 Tillson Ave, Tillsonburg, ON N4G 2Z8

(519) 842-2294       www.tillsonburg.ca

Posted By:  Debbie Solta, Cultural Events Coordinator

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