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The Old Scott House
Photos by Alan L Brown - Posted August, 2007
Here in 2007, at 520 Progress Avenue, is the Old Scott House Restaurant. Just inside the side entrance off the parking lot is a Scarborough Historical Society plaque which says:
Coordinates: 43.779213 -79.257216
George Scott, one of Scarborough's early settlers, was born in Dumfriesshire Scotland in 1795. In 1829 he purchased an 80 ha lot which extended from the present Ellesmere Road to Sheppard Avenue. After clearing the land, he developed one of the most prosperous farms in the township and in 1841 built on it this large two storey house with stones gathered from the fields. When the Scarborough Agricultural Society was formed in 1844, he became a regular supporter of its annual fairs, winning numerous prizes for his fine sheep, horses, pigs and grain. His wife likewise won prizes for her excellent cheese. After his death in 1865 members of his family continued to live here on the farm until 1943. In 1978 the old Scott house was renovated and additions, in harmony with its architecture, were made, thus preserving an important part of Scarborough's heritage.
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