Why Small Houses Invoke Old-Fashioned Memories

Recently, I ran across Terry Wilson, who wrote a book about his hometown, Meadowvale, Ontario, Canada, and his mother, Rosemary Wilson. The extraordinary thing is that I thought the photos on his Facebook page were small houses. They are an entire village of houses built to a smaller scale to recreate the village of his childhood, Meadowvale Village, in Ontario, Canada. His mother, Rosemary, was the inspiration for this project, and is featured in his book, Rosemary’s Village. The village itself seems as if it is out of a story from the 1800’s. Yet, it continued to be a charming village up until the 1970’s, when developers took over the land. Terry and his mother were determined to recreate the idyllic life of Meadowvale Village, with small-scale hand-built replicas using the same wood, windows, doors and other features discarded during development. The book itself is a love letter to his mother, and a collection of his childhood and young adulthood stories, also about his mother. It is charming as a biography, but also as a visual tribute. The buildings themselves are now part of a “Rosemary’s Village” where tourists can walk through and see how people lived in the last century (or more). But, also, it is important to note  that people lived happily in small homes, because a great deal of living took place outside, with families, friends, events, activities and gardens. For more information about this book, which is available in paperback only on Amazon.com, look up Rosemary’s Village by Terry Wilson.

By crmcbeath-urrutia

I am a small space advocate, after living in a number of studio apartments, dorm rooms, one-bedroom houses and garage apartments in my life. Through the years, I learned secrets and strategies to make the most of your small space, keep your beloved stuff with you and make life comfortable and cozy--all in a small space!

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