The Lost Map of New Hope – I

by Jun 12, 2020Hmm, before you forget2 comments

Hmm, before you forget

While scanning negatives from the Dominion Woollens & Worsteds collection by Frank Johnston, I ran across an old map of New Hope. I thought nothing of it until I mentioned it to Lary Turner. I expected him to say, “Yes we have a several copies in the vault.” It turns out that he had never seen it and this map has likely not been seen for many decades. Perhaps the original is lost forever.

Thankfully, we now have a fairly legible copy of the map. It has revealed some fascinating details of the early days of the Village. Undoubtedly it will help us paint a more accurate picture of life in the 1800s.

I’ve started a new historical series called, “Hmm, before you forget…” and have chosen this map as the initial topic. This is the first of a 3-part video series where I reveal some of the nearly-forgotten secrets of the early days in Hespeler. Enjoy!


  1. Roxanne (Parker) Hostrawser

    Many thanks! You are always doing so much to bring our history into the new age for everyone to learn and enjoy.

  2. Judy (Rickert)(McLean) Norman

    So nice to see how much heritage has been visiting “the company of neighbours” as the O’Krafka family was so involved. Thanks so much for all you do. My Dad, Willard Rickert and Mom, Edith (O’Krafka) Rickert were such proud Hespelerites!


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