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British Columbia/Canadian-Media: An unexpected brick pathway in the property's gardens that sheds light on Victorian-era life had been revealed during restoration work at Victoria's Point Ellice House (PEH), PEH museum reports said.
Point Ellice House Museum and Gardens. Image credit: Twitter Handle
Constructed between 1861 and 1862, Point Ellice House, the national and provincial historic site is one of the oldest homes in the city known as one of the best preserved examples of an Italianate villa-style design home full of one of the North America's largest collections of late Victorian and early Edwardian objects in their original setting.
Point Ellice House is surrounded by elaborate gardens containing an orchard and a well with the garden being used for food production and cut flowers.
While restoring the kitchen garden on the property which had begun earlier in the year, before the pandemic, a very elaborate brick pathway with two different paths intersecting each other was revealed, said Kelly Black the museum's executive director.
Brick pathway unearthed. Image credit: Twitter handle of PEH.
Besides century-old bricks, some of which came from the historic Baker and Son's Brickyard, pieces of pottery fragments, glass, animal bones and bits of metal that provide additional context to life during the Victorian era were found.
PEH being a heritage site, the restoration work was done according to Parks Canada's Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada.
"Anytime you uncover something you didn't expect to be there, it's like buried treasure, even if they are just bricks...essentially meant taking each brick up, brick by brick, and placing it just adjacent to where the path would be so we could lay them down as we found them, essentially," said Black.
It means carefully recording the context of every brick found and preserving its place in the garden.
The museum being closed at present due to COVID-19, the site can only be seen through pictures for now. Black said that he hopes it will be able to reopen in May.