This is a particularly interesting story, sent to us by The Blue Mountains…
Local artist, John Haines, recently donated a painting to the Craigleith Heritage Depot. The painting was done in collaboration with local archaeologists and illustrates what The Blue Mountains would have looked like circa 1635.
John’s unique perspective of painting gives this piece a very interesting vantage point. Instead of looking down at ski runs, the viewer looks down on two active Petun villages. Archaeologists today refer to these two village sites as the Plater-Martin and Plater-Fleming archaeological sites, located at the foot of Blue Mountain. It is estimated that nearly 5,000 people lived here during this time. The painting also illustrates the gardens that once surrounded the villages, the remains of which can still found today.
To view this painting and learn more about the Petun, visit the Craigleith Heritage Depot located at 113 Lakeshore Rd. E., at the Corner of Hwy 26 East and Grey Road 19. The Depot is open Wednesday to Saturday, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.