Thursday, December 8, 2022
documenting AuroraHillary House, Who Scribbled on the Wall?

Hillary House, Who Scribbled on the Wall?

-

At the Hillary House National Historic Site, I call them scribbles on the wall; dated signatures, messages or notes left behind. I like scribbles on the wall. I like them a lot. Maybe just because they are black and white proof of one’s visit. “I was here,” the most common I have seen. It makes me smile, because “so was I.”

Hillary House

I left such scribbles on the wall myself in some places around the world. They are probably erased or painted over by now; that was like thirty five, twenty five or ten years ago. Some probably faded away with time; or rain washed them away. I stopped leaving them. I guess I started to read them more. I photograph them now. In high traffic tourist places the walls fill up every day. They change every hour. I must admit that sometimes I do try to find someone I know. No such luck just yet. I will let you know.

Last Saturday after the doubles tennis match at Hillary House National Historic Site I wandered away. I found myself again, as I have done in the past, looking at the Hillary House wall filled with signatures and dates, and unrecognizable notes, where at the same time guests were coming in and out of the house. Nothing has changed on that wall, at least I don’t think I saw anything new. No new names and no new dates, no new messages. I thought something is missing, a pencil perhaps.

Hillary House

I have never been back to look at my scribbles left behind. If you ever scribbled on a wall somewhere out there, did you ever go back and look for your notes; to check if they were still there? Did you ever find someone you know?

So next time when you are at Hillary House, have fun reading those scribbles on the wall, perhaps you will find someone you know.

Hillary House

Anna Lozyk Romeo
Aurora, ON

Comment by John Abel submitted 2015/07/22:Interesting read Anna. This article was published in the Saturday Star July 18th. Names on the wall of an old underground quarry in France were uncovered recently. The names were those of WWI Canadian Soldiers. The Star tracked down the families of 2 of the soldiers, and one of them was Aurora resident Mark LaVigne. This too is very interesting and touching. http://www.thestar.com/news/insight/2015/07/17/canadian-world-war-i-soldiers-legacies-etched-in-chalk.html

Anna Lozyk Romeohttps://www.livinginaurora.com
Anna Lozyk Romeo for Mayor of Aurora

Important Links

Latest Blog Posts

Anna Lozyk Romeo for Mayor of Aurora, Municipal Elections 2022

To my Living in Aurora blog readers: I am running for Mayor of Aurora.  It is a great opportunity now...

From Shining to Shameful – The Continued Loss of the Oak Ridges Moraine

A picture-perfect vista of soft, rolling hills where wild turkey, deer and coyote once roamed has been reduced to...

North East Quadrant of Wellington St & John West Way Development Appealed

At the February 22nd, 2022 Council meeting, Aurora Council UNANIMOUSLY (7-0) voted to refuse a 6-storey, 150 unit residential...

The Knowles Butcher Shop on Fire, June 25th 2021 – Photo Gallery

The so known Knowles Butcher Shop on 9 Wellington Street East is a long-standing building in Aurora, c. 1885....

Church Street School, Construction Site (Photo Gallery)

Photos of Church Street School during the Library Square construction. Photos dated May 22, 2021. Anna Lozyk RomeoAurora, Ontario

Cineplex Odeon – What Year Was This Photo Taken?

Photo of the Cineplex Odeon in Aurora. What year do you think this photo was taken? Your clues are...

Snowflake Path Downtown Aurora, Photo Gallery

Finally, just in time for Christmas snowflake decorations are all working downtown Aurora. ... and this is what we used...

Changes Along Wellington Street, 3-Years Ago & Today

Few changes along Wellington Street. While looking back at some of my old blog posts I came across one from...

Archived

Hamilton Park After the Winter Storm, Rolling Hills

In the morning I looked out the window. I...

Mailing Trash to GFL, Not a Wise Decision when Considering Public Health & Safety

Actions speak volumes but some actions may send the...

Aurora Council, Term 2018-2022, Installed and Working

It is hard to believe that I actually survived...

Town Park and Beyond, March Break Family Walk

Town Park, this is where we started to walk...

Second Aurora’s Multicultural Festival 2017, Successful

It turned out to be a beautiful day for...

Boardwalk Views – McKenzie Marsh, St. John’s Sideroad

Boardwalk along St. John's Sideroad. Anna Lozyk RomeoAurora, Ontario

You Might Also LikeRELATED
~ happy reading ~