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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Stone Fence (17th Street between Rosser and Princess, Brandon)

The city block at this location was originally subdivided into 20 equal lots. Local merchant James A. Smart purchased the four north lots in 1882 and built a large house on them. In 1899, he sold the lots to Charles Whitehead who, the following year, purchased the remaining 16 lots and hired a Scottish stonemason to construct a stone fence around the entire block. It was up to 1.6 meters high and 40 centimeters wide and the construction took four years to complete. In 1939, the lots south of the house were sold and single-family residences were built. The remains of the fence, a municipally-designated historic site as of 2003, run along the east and south borders of the block.

Stone fence

Stone fence (October 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Gate entrance in the stone fence on the east side

Gate entrance in the stone fence on the east side (June 2022)
Source: Rose Kuzina

Stone fence on the east side

Stone fence on the east side (June 2022)
Source: Rose Kuzina

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.84699, W99.96111
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Charles Whitehead (1836-1919)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites


Stone Fence, Manitoba Historic Resources Branch

We thank Tim Worth and Rose Kuzina for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 16 September 2022

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