Like the Billings Estate Museum, the location of this month's Where In Ottawa.
This national historic site is Ottawa's oldest surviving house, and is the oldest wooden-framed house in Ottawa, dating back to 1827-29. It opened to the public as a museum in 1975, and I didn't even lay eyes upon it until early to mid September.
And I thought I knew Ottawa!
Here are the clues, explained:
- Have you seen the bridge? Where's that confounded bridge?yes, I was quoting lines from a Led Zeppelin song, but the clue had nothing to do with the iconic rock band. I was, of course referring to the bridge that Braddish Billings built over the Rideau River, in the area that is now called Billings Bridge, near where this house is situated.
- That's some old woodone guess alluded to the Ottawa Rowing Club boathouse, saying that the boathouse is the oldest wooden structure. While that may be true, the Billings Estate is the oldest wooden-framed house. Almost 200 years old.
- You can't shop herenot far from the estate is a large shopping mall, named for the neighbourhood. The Billings Bridge Shopping Centre.
- Massachusetts-born builderBraddish Billings, though he moved to Ottawa in 1812, was born in Ware, Massachusetts, in 1783.
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Where In Ottawa returns Monday, November 4.