There’s an old house in Wallaceton. It’s made of large stones and ample mortar and its gables reflect the work of a gifted carpenter. Its architecture has earned the house heritage status. That’s why it’s still here, but that’s not why it’s important. This house has a story. The house was built in 1870 by a farmer named John Wallace. It was built by hand and seems to bare a striking resemblance to its builder. Its large, cut stones and intricate gables indicate a hardworking, imaginative man. Its warm interiors and timeworn floorboards indicate a charismatic host. John Wallace’s door was always open, for years he boarded teachers from a nearby school, and when the community gathered, it gathered here. The house is a testament to hard work, open arms and lives well lived. And the door is still open.
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