Two special ladies, Norma and Mary attended the wonderful event called ’Twas the Bite Before Christmas on Tuesday, December 6. Community Captured photographer, Susan Gibbins was able to capture these 2 ladies by the Christmas tree. Meeting these 2 ladies was one of the highlights of her evening. Norma and Mary are sisters – 82 and 88 and they shared some beautiful stories with Susan. Their grandfather was John Wilcox who built the Wilcox Inn – a cornerstone in the Port Credit Community.
Here is the story of the WILCOX INN (c.1850) 32 Front Street S.
In 1850, Captain James Wilcox built this Georgian Survival home. He operated it first as an inn, intended as a haven for weary sailors and harbour workers, for three years. Sometime before 1855, he returned to his former employ as a Lake Captain, engaging in all kinds of lake trade, including stonehooking, commercial fishing, lumbering, and transporting all sorts of goods between Hamilton, Port Credit and Toronto. Over the years, the Wilcox Inn served a variety of purposes. By 1888 however, it was used as community hall for social gatherings. In 1891, the inn was renovated and used for church services. Later, the old inn became the meeting hall for the first Peel Temperance Society, under the direction of Captain John Miller. The Wilcox Inn was restored in 1988, used for a time as an artists’ gallery, and is now a private residence.
From Heritage Mississauga – http://www.heritagemississauga.com