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Location DB > Canada > Ontario > Toronto > Peter Reesor Homestead
Peter Reesor Homestead
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created by Vital Films on 2/21/2010 2:12 AM
last modified by Vital Films on 3/5/2011 10:12 PM
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An abandoned home off of Reesor rd. The property looks like it has been vacant for at least a year now. You can see tire tracks in the snow on the driveway leading to the house, leading me to believe that some is frequently stopping by to check up on the house. The house is tightly boarded up! Who ever owns the property{House} doesn't want anyone going inside!

As for the house I couldn't find much info on it. I don't know when it was actually built and or if there was modifications made to the house post 1900's. I do know that the house was built by Peter himself and the timber the family had cut down was used to build their home.
 Basic Information
Type: Abandoned House.
Status: Abandoned
Accessibility: Difficult to impossible
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
 Physical Information
Reesor rd
Toronto, Ontario
Owner: TRCA {Toronto and Region Conservation Authority}
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  •  Hazards
  • asbestos
  • unsafe flooring
  •  Interesting Features
    There was a lot of junk thrown about all over the property{ie: cloths, couches, pictures, chairs etc.} Stuff from inside the house, whatever the previous owner didn't want to take. There was a foundation visible on the north side of the property. The foundation must have been from an old barn, the foundation was littered with junk, wood and metal. In one corner there was what looked like a cage, where they kept certain animals?
     Security Measures
  • wooden boarding
  • Someone patrolls the property by vehicle. Tire tracks were visible in the snow as it hasn't snowed for days now.
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 0
    Closed: 2009
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  • gloves
  •  Recommended Equipment
    Camera, gloves,
    Peter Reesor{son of Christian Reesor}, born Dec 25, 1775 in Lancaster Count, Pennsylvania. In 1798 Peter was appointed by his family to travel to Canada and asses the new country. He saddled up a horse{also with bridle} and packed a few things for his seven week, 500 mile journey to Little York{Toronto}. Upon arrival Peter was directed to the Rouge River in Cedar Grove. There was ample amounts of good timberland. On his short stay here he met a German army officer Frederic Baron de Hoen. The German officer had offered Peter roughly 500 acres of land in Whitchurch Township in exchange for his horse and saddle. Peter took the offer but the officer had wanted the bridle as well, but Peter stated it wasn't in the deal. So Peter was left to walk home to Pennsylvania carrying the bridle on his shoulder. In 1804 after Peter arrived back home, his family had decided that they were going to undertake the long journey back to Canada. Peter had chosen Lot4, on Concession9{5 acres of land}. The family had to clear quite a large amount of trees in the area to build their home and preparation for farming. At the time they only had axes and hand saws to cut down the 3-4 foot in diameter maple and pine trees. This was very dangerous work for them. In 1806, shortly after arriving in Canada Christian Reesor was killed by a falling tree. After a few years of tree clearing there was enough land to start farming wheat. They would take their wheat and travel mills to a grist mill to be turned into flour. By 1840 there was a total of 14 mills in the Rouge bottomlands in Scarborough and countless mills in Markham Township.
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     Future Plans
    This house and property is most likely going to stay the way it is as it is owned by the TRCA. The TRCA is in the process of revitalizing the area and no machinery will be tearing down any houses in the near future.

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    Sun, Feb 21st, 2010
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     Web Links
    Check out this link. It is a painting by Murray Pipher of Peter Reesor himself and the Reesor Landmarks. Really cool.

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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Steed on 3/7/2011 10:20 AM.

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