Lockman House

Geographic location: Lot 29, Conc. A, Ridout

Current address: Main Street, Dorset

Date range: 1888 to present

Interesting facts:

The yellow Lockman house is the original office of the Gilmour Lumber Company. The Gilmour Company had an ambitious plan to move logs to the Trent Canal over 300 miles away by means of a chute and canal system (The Tramway).  This only operated one year and the Gilmour Company left Dorset.

Erastus (Tass) Lockman and his wife Aggie (nee Murdock) were raising a family of four on Hardwood Lake.  In 1904 they purchased the building to be closer to schooling for their children.  Between 1905 and 1925 Tass made many improvements to the home.  Dormer windows were built and a back kitchen was added along with the wrap around veranda.  The house was painted yellow, the colour it remains today. The home was lived in by a Lockman relative until 1966. 

Public access: No

Current use: Private residence

Information sources:

  •   Dorset Heritage Walking Tour brochure
  •   Lake of Bays Heritage Foundation - 2004 award description

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