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This is a view over the fence into the surreal yard of Rideau Antiques on county highway 1 south of Perth, past Rideau Ferry on the road to Lombardy . This enterprise is a landmark on the antiques circuit with a big reputation all over this part of Ontario and New York State. Since the destruction of the world trade center American business has dropped off a lot. This photograph does not exaggerate the apocalyptic character of this place, the house and barns are so densely filled with stuff that I feel like I need a machete just to move from one room to another. Inside, every object is priced.
Oh . . . and about Rideau Ferry. In 1816 in the forest on the shore of lower Rideau Lake where Rideau Ferry is now, there was an inn, a ferry, and an innkeeper named John Oliver. When the inn was razed to construct a bridge the skeletons of an unspecified number of souls murdered by John Oliver were discovered beneath his home. Last night this was convincingly related to about 100 people by the " Parks Canada Players " in an entertaining historical drama played out in the woods.