A special place to my family has always been my Great-Grandfather’s farm in Pittsburgh Township, Ontario. I just found out from Wikipedia that Pittsburgh is a former township and became part of Kingston in 1998. The farm was located on R.R. 2 near the Howe Island Ferry Road/Joyceville Road. In the last few years, I’ve learned through Google Maps that the farmhouse, barn and outbuildings were torn down.
I did a post in 2008 about an architectural survey done about the farmhouse, formerly the Robert Way house. Find that post here.
The Wilson family owned the farm since 1903. The first two children, Annie Maude and Hugh, were born on Howe Island. But the rest of the children were born on the farm, including my grandfather Charles in 1907.
After it ceased being a working farm in the 1960s, it was a place for family reunions, family vacations and a place to get away from it all. It was located right on the St. Lawrence River. The photo above is from the 1950s, I believe.
Robert Way House
Location: Lot 19, Concession 2
Original owner: Robert Way
Date of construction: 1848-1858ca
Present owners: Mr. & Mrs. J.A. Wilson, R.R. 2, Kingston
The Way House is a frame farmhouse that is now covered over with aluminum siding. The 1 1/2 storey centre gabled kitchen tail was probably the original house. Under the siding it is constructed of logs. It is attached to the south end of the main block. The main block is also 1 1/2 storeys. The roof of the main block is end gabled and of medium pitch. There is a single new brick chimney at the west gable end. All the windows in the main block are new. In the main (north) facade there is a 1 light per sash window on either side of the plain trim door. The awning over the door and the shutters are new. On the east side of the main block there is a large picture window in the lower storey and two 1 light per sash windows in the upper storey. There is a small recent porch addition on the lower storey. There is one window on the south side of the main block and on the west side there are two upper and two lower storey windows. The east facade of the kitchen tail has been largely obscured by a closed in porch. There is a medium pitched centre gable with a window in it. On the south side there is one window above the garage. The west facade of the kitchen tail also has a medium pitched centre gable with a window in it. There is a lower storey window and a porch addition. It is quite difficult to tell what the original house looked like since it its covered with siding and so many changes and additions have been made. The interior walls of the kitchen tail are very deep which leads one to believe that it is probably constructed of logs.
The property on which this house was built was orginally owned by Donald MacDonell. Robert Way, the original owner of the house, bought the property in 1848. The 1860 Wallings Map shows a house on this lot owned by Robert Way. In 1868 Robert Way sold the property. Until 1902 when the Wilson family bought the property it was owned by John McRorey. The Wilson family has owned the house since 1902.
-Previous information from a survey done sometime before 1987