TOUR STOP 12: Dr. Gardiner House- presently Ridgway Confections - 159 Main St.

Dr. Gardiner’s house
Robert Gardiner had graduated from Queen’s Medical School in 1891 at the age of twenty-one and returned to the family home to establish his practice. While at medical school he had worked during the summers with Dr. Preston in Newboro and it was there that he met his future wife, Julia Tett, the daughter of the local MPP.

In anticipation of his marriage in 1897 he engaged an architect and builder from Kingston to build a large brick house which was completed in the fall of that year. The house featured modern conveniences that were only available in city homes – central heating and indoor plumbing with running water. The house has a separate side entrance leading to Dr. Gardiner’s consulting room.

In 1899 Dr. Gardiner was joined by Dr. Henry Elliott. When Dr. Gardiner left to pursue further medical studies Dr. Elliott purchased the house and continued in the practice which he had expanded by 1910 to include an office in Lyndhurst with the assistance Dr. Franklyn S. Young.

Dr. Elliott had met and married his wife, Ruth Eaton in the village. In 1912 Dr. Elliott moved to Manitoba and Dr. Young purchased the house and practice. He and his wife Ethel raised their four children in this house and Dr. Young conducted his medical practice from the house until his death in 1947.

Keith Sly

August 2021

Seeley's Bay Heritage Walking Tour - 130 Mill Street
  1. TOUR STOP 2: Seeley's Bay Wharf and the Rideau Queen - 130 Mill St.
  2. TOUR STOP 3: Seeley's Bay Saw Mill (Hartley's) - 136 Mill St.
  3. TOUR STOP 4: The Plane Crash - 130 Mill St.
  4. TOUR STOP 5: Horse Racing and Ice Cutting on the Bay
  5. TOUR STOP 6: The Dr. Christie House - 148 Mill St.
  6. TOUR STOP 7: The National Hotel - 160 Main St.
  7. TOUR STOP 8: The Brown House- Bootlegger - 179 Main St.
  8. TOUR STOP 9: Home of John Bracken - 172 Main St.
  9. TOUR STOP 10: The Hotchkiss House Murder - 196 Main St.
  10. TOUR STOP 11: Coleman's Hotel - 152 Main St.
  11. TOUR STOP 12: Dr. Gardiner House- presently Ridgway Confections - 159 Main St.
  12. TOUR STOP 13: The Bank - 148 Main St.
  13. TOUR STOP 14: Stage Coach Depot/ George Cheetham's Blacksmith Shop - 103 Bracken St.
  14. TOUR STOP 15: Kelly’s Fresh Mart formerly Sweets - 144 Main St.
  15. TOUR STOP 16: St. Peter's Anglican Church - 155 Main St.
  16. TOUR STOP 17: Dr. Bowen's House -145 Main Street
  17. TOUR STOP 18: Seeley's Bay Masonic Hall - 108 Adelaide St.
  18. TOUR STOP 19: Seeley's Bay United Church - 129 Hellen St.
  19. TOUR STOP 20 - A. Neal and Son, Brick and Tile Co. Circa 1900 - 109 Hellen St.
  20. TOUR STOP 21: A.J. Sly's Furniture and Undertaking - 140 Main St.
  21. TOUR STOP 22: Gilbert Carriage Works - 129 Main St.
  22. TOUR STOP 23: Gilt Edge Cheese Factory - 118 Main St.
  23. TOUR STOP 24: Sunny Acres- The Ashery - 119 Haskins Point Rd.
  24. TOUR STOP 25: Haskins Point - 148 Haskins Point Rd.