This morning was a drop the kid off at school, grab a coffee and go for a drive kind of morning. It is something hubby and I do to hang out, chat and explore our area. Today I had ulterior motives. I had recently read an article about ghost towns around Ontario and I noticed there were a few near us! One of the ghost towns is close to a bakery I wanted to take a second peek at. Armed with our morning coffee and a tank of gas, we were off!
Exploring the ghost town Allans Mill.
I came across an article called the top 10 creepy ghost towns in Ontario. The article named Allans Mill as one of those creepy ghost towns. Allans Mill is not creepy by any means but is pretty cool and easy to explore. Allans Mill is just west of the town of Perth, Ontario and was settled by William Allan. William Allan was the owner of the sawmill and stone grist mill. He added a grocery and dry goods store, along with a blacksmith shop. In its heyday, Allans Mill boasted a wagon maker, shoemaker, carpenter and two blacksmiths. Today the general store and blacksmith shop, the Allans home, one of the sawmills and the grist mill are all intact and privately owned.
I asked Mr. D to pull over and let me explore a bit. The area is easy to get around for some great photos.
Photos of the mill and surrounding structures in ghost town Allans Mill, Ontario.
There was a surprising amount of structures to be seen. The Allan stately home is near the mill. The home is currently a private residence and so I did not take a photograph.
Next stop! Fieldhouse Bakery in Perth, Ontario
Once we were done exploring the ghost town we headed towards Perth, Ontario and the Fieldhouse bakery. I discovered the Fieldhouse Bakery on Instagram and am so glad I did (thank you @watersanne).
Every sandwich looks amazing in the display case, as does the pizza but I was there for the treats. Croissants, cinnamon rolls, pecan sandies, chocolate coconut cookies, spicy walnut Diablo cookies, chocolate orange cookies and so much more. Mr. D. enjoyed his braised beef sandwich with caramelized onions and cheese on a focaccia bread. I stole a couple of bites and it was so good, melt in your mouth good! Our next visit will be on a Saturday to try out their bagels. The Fieldhouse caters and
Mr. D. enjoyed his braised beef sandwich with caramelized onions and cheese on a focaccia bread. I stole a couple of bites and it was so good, melt in your mouth good! Our next visit will be on a Saturday to try out their bagels. The Fieldhouse caters and I will be keeping them in mind for my next catering needs.
Juliana is the owner of the Fieldhouse Bakery and she is a hands-on owner. Juliana said the bakery had been closed for three months over the winter for a renovation job. The renovations made room for inside seating (yay!). While we were in the bakery customers came and went and I was struck with how many people Juliana knew by name. Small town side effect? Maybe, but most likely great customer service from an owner who truly loves her craft and customers. A perfect recipe to keep people coming back.
Photos of the goodies available at Fieldhouse Bakery in Perth, Ontario.
Perth, Ontario so much going on and lots to see.
Perth, Ontario was settled in 1816! This year marks Perth’s 200 year anniversary and the town has planned special events to celebrate. If you are close by you should consider a day or weekend trip. You can find out more about the 200 celebrations on the dedicated website here. If the spa is more your speed take a peek at what I thought of Tay River Spa in Perth, Ontario. A group of blogger friends and I will be heading back to Perth for their Walking Food Tour in the early summer so stay tuned for that!