Comment 68848

By GerryM (registered) | Posted September 01, 2011 at 08:46:45

The "Eco-House" also known as the Veever's House was built in 1856 using Whirlpool sandstone quarried nearby from the base of the escarpment. Its history is well described by Shaw and Crankshaw in their book Heritage Treasures.

Shale is just hardened, fissile mud -- no good for building. When heated by deep burial in the earth it becomes slate. I am not sure where the slate used in roofs in Ontario came from: probably Quebec or Vermont.

Comment edited by GerryM on 2011-09-01 08:47:31

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