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Dating back to the 1850's, these homes are over 150 years old, some of the oldest houses in the neighbourhood.

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In the early 1900's the Independent Order of Foresters or I.O.F. chose Oakville as the location for their orphans' home. It was located at 53 Bond Street. The home was part of their plan to care for children of deceased members.

It later became the "Ortona Barracks", the headquarters of the Canadian Army in World War II. It is presently the Oaklands Regional Centre, a school and home for the developmentally handicapped.

 

thumb_aerialpicwrra1The detail in this photograph is amazing. You can see the old Central School (the current library location), the old Radial Bridge (now Rebecca Street), etc.

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Radial  Railway Station - 139 Thomas St. 1908Photos of Kerr Street homes then and now, pictures of the old Hamilton Radial Railway that used to run from Oakville to Hamilton, homes around West River, and more....

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Ever wondered why Bond Street is called Bond Street?  Does it have a secret spy history?  Read about the origins of this and other neighbourhood streets in this article.

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