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D1 SIDE TRAIL, THOREAU MACDONALD HOUSE, 121 Centre St. From Holy Trinity Church, head north to Centre St., turn left to the garden gate and along the path to this farmhouse, once the home of Group of Seven artist J.E.H. MacDonald and later of his son Thoreau, a talented artist in his own right - book designer, illustrator and calligrapher. It was here that MacDonald senior painted his famous The Tangled Garden, now in the National Gallery in Ottawa. Thoreau's parents moved to Thornhill in 1912, where they first resided at 18 Centre St. Two years later the family moved to 121 Centre St. After his father's death in 1932, Thoreau stayed on until 1974 when the house was donated to the City of Vaughan. A nature lover Thoreau lived here for 60 years, preserving on paper the way of life of a now vanished community. He designed the wheatsheaf logo for SPOHT. Much of his work is in the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg.

Thoreau MacDonald House
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