The hometown of my main character in Angel of Mercy, Henrietta Steward, is Barrie, Ontario. Many real-life buildings were the inspiration for her family and friends’ homes and workplaces. Without leaving many spoilers, here are a sampling of photos that inspired places in the novel:
These houses were the model for the Steward home which was built in the 1890s.
This house in H Block, shown when it was nearing demolition, inspired the Bartlette home.
This duplex inspired the Bartlettes’ triplex.
A view of downtown.
The view of Barrie from Court House Hill.
This is the jail, the workplace of Henrietta’s brother, Frederick. This photo appears to have been taken about 50 years after the events in Angel of Mercy, however.
The family church. Although the neighborhood looks different, the church is little changed since it was built in the 1880s.
The Steward children would have attended one of these schools.
The train station.
Have you ever been to Barrie, Ontario? Leave a comment below.
Enjoyed reading this post? Join the mailing list and receive updates in your inbox whenever a new post is published. Simply enter your email address in the form on the bottom right of this page.
Latest posts by Melina Druga (see all)
- World War I Led to Prohibition - August 14, 2017
- At This Rate It’ll Take Me 100 Years to Finish My Novel - August 4, 2017
- America’s Preparedness Movement - July 31, 2017