Great things are happening at the Duff-Baby House in Sandwich. In addition to monthly tours made possible by a lease agreement between the City of Windsor and the Ontario Heritage Trust, frequent visitors will have noticed that the overgrown property is undergoing a transformation.
In 2022, Les Amis Duff-Bâby was provided partial funding from the Gordie Howe International Bridge Community Benefits Plan to clear away the significantly overgrown property on the Duff-Baby site. The purpose of the project is to reclaim the former garden area/orchard of the Bâby and Beasley families located adjacent to the House. This as a multi-phased project.
In the early 1800’s, Jacques Bâby’s gardens were known as far away as Toronto for their fruits and vegetables. During the Beasley period (1900-1985) this area became a formal garden with stairways and exotic plantings. In Phase I, and in accordance with the 2022 grant, mapping of the area occurred to identify native and non-native species and invasive and non-native species and ground covers were removed. The change is dramatic and the true potential of the space has emerged. For more than thirty years, the volunteer group, Les Amis Duff-Bâby, has dedicated time, effort and funds to help interpret and support the historically significant Duff-Baby House, built in 1798. In this, the House’s 225th year, the community can look forward to more great projects and events.
Upcoming House Tour Dates
- July 8 – Times to be announced
- July 9 – Times to be announced
- August 26 – 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- September 16 – 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- October 14 – 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- November 4 – 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- December 9 – 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
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July 8 - December 9
Duff-Baby Interpretation Centre
221 Mill St
Windsor, ON N9C 2R1 Canada