The Easter Bunny will visit Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Homestead

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Easter at Addie’s is making a comeback for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

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The event, which includes an Easter egg hunt, games, crafts and a petting zoo, will be held on April 15 at the Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Museum at 359 Blue Lake Rd., St George.

“We are thrilled to welcome people back,” said Emily Hodgson, assistant archivist at the national historic site. “And, yes, we’re definitely crossing our fingers for good weather.”

Tickets for the event can be purchased at www.eventbrite.ca/e/8th-annual-easter-at-addies-tickets-275027323127?aff=ebdssbdestsearch. Four hundred zone tickets available.

The last time the event took place was in April 2019, attendance was impacted by rain.

The farm is looking for volunteers to help set up and take down booths, organize activities and provide tours of the farm. We also need a volunteer photographer to document the event and a volunteer Easter Bunny.

If you are interested, call the farm at 519-448-3873 or email info@adelaidehoodless.ca.

Designated a National Historic Site in 1995, the farm is operated by the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada, or FWIC.

Adelaide Hunter Hoodless is recognized as a co-founder of the Women’s Institute, the Young Women’s Christian Association, the National Council of Women and the Victorian Order of Nurses.

The farmhouse was built in 1832 by John Bray, a Loyalist and veteran of the War of 1812. Hunter Hoodless’s father, David Hunter, bought the house in 1853, four years before he was born, and it remained in the family until ‘in 1906.

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The FWIC purchased the farmhouse in 1959 and restored it to appear as it would have when Hoodless lived there.

Most of the furniture in the house was donated by members of the Women’s Institute. Original pieces were donated to the farm by Muriel Bostwick, granddaughter of Hunter Hoodless, who has since died. Hunter Hoodless has no surviving direct descendants

Called one of the “most famous, but one of the most obscure Canadian women” by her biographer, Hunter Hoodless was born on February 27, 1857. She became a public figure after becoming a wife and mother when her fourth child was born. died of what was then called “stomach disease”. It is believed that he had consumed contaminated milk.

In the wake of the tragedy, Hunter Hoodless launched a campaign to raise girls’ education levels and build supports for women to protect their families.

Hampered by a lack of revenue from fundraising events canceled due to COVID-19 or bad weather, the FWIC decided last year to sell the farm.

It went on the market for $949,750 in June 2021. Reaction to the potential sale was strong, and following the outpouring of support, the FWIC reversed its decision and removed the truss from the market in July.

Then, in October, Brant County Council voted to provide the farm with emergency financial support of $25,000.

The county is also looking at ways to provide continued support for the farm, which is in need of repairs.

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Alicia R. Rucker