Honeywood, Singhampton, Airlie and the Mad River: June 2020

Who could resist a village with a maple syrup stand like this?

Josiah R. Sing founded Singhampton in 1846. The name “Sing Sing” was also considered.

former church
former school

As I always enjoy the Bruce Trail,

I undertook a very muddy and steep descent into Devil’s Glen:

Some nearby botany:

Marsh-marigold (Caltha palustris)
Sensitive Fern
Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)
White Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum)
Coltsfoot (Tussilagio farfara)
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
Basswood (Tilia americana)
Yellow Rocket (Barbarea vulgaria)
Orchard Grass (Dactylis glomerata)
Black Ash (Fraxinus nigra)
Ox-eye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)
Sweet Cicely (Myrrhis odorata)
Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)
Inky Cap
Jack Pine (Pinus banksiana)
Strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)
Black Cherry (Prunus serotina)
White Ash (Fraxinus americaba)
Trout-lily (Erythronium americanum)
Puffy Dust Lichen
Hop-hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana)
Drooping Wood Sedge (Carex arctata)
Choke Cherry (Prunus virginiana)

On the other side of the river is a ski hill:

Devil’s Glen ski hills
ski lift benches

Here is the ski hill from the top of the escarpment:

Devil’s Glen ski hills from a distance

Honeywood was settled in the 1840’s by families from Yorkshire England.

former school
Common Grackle (the only bird I was able to photograph today)

Just south of here is Airley, founded in 1860, which now consists of 5 buildings: 2 of which are former churches. These churches served about 100 people who were living here in the 1890’s.

former Presbyterian church
former Anglican church


Hard is his herte that loveth nought
In May, whan al this mirth is wrought.    – Geoffrey Chaucer (1343–1400)

Miles Hearn

1 thought on “Honeywood, Singhampton, Airlie and the Mad River: June 2020

  1. Lisa Volkov

    I’ve never even heard of these places! Fascinating, and I love the old architecture. Beautiful scenery and plants (and one bird!) Thanks, Miles!


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