Back in the spring of 2014 we released our Tower Hill Collection, with three vintage inspired colourways and a shawl design featuring them. To date, this is probably my absolute favourite collection that we have released, both in terms of the colourways and the design that accompanies. However, ever since they came out, there has been something about the collection that has made me absolutely crazy, and with a new sweater design that is being released later today featuring Wrought Iron, I figured it was time to right the wrong.
So without further ado, the update ... new names for these colours! Every time I sat there and wrote out "Tower Hill ____" my head wanted to explode and go back in time and slap my previous self for not doing a better job with the front half of the names. Thankfully, pride be damned, I am willing to admit the mistake and make the change.
That being said, I still wanted to honour this small segment of Parry Sound history that the property on Tower Hill and Museum represent. So after a bit of research, I discovered that the names could honour three men that were incredibly important in the history of the Tower and the Ranger Cabin - Peter McEwen, Charlie MacDonald, and Colin McInnis.
Mr. Charlie MacDonald was one of the Towermen who watched for fires and did the gardening at the top of Tower Hill. The Ranger Cabin, or “Ranger’s Rest” as he called it, was built in 1930 to provide summer accommodation for the Towerman, and included kitchen and living space. In the 1940s the porch was closed in, and in 1956 a bathroom was installed.
McEwen Wrought Iron
Mr. Peter McEwen, was the man responsible for Tower Hill. As the District Forester, Mr. McEwen oversaw the construction of the original fire tower in the late 1920s and created the first gardens using the resources at hand. He was also responsible for the design of the Ranger Cabin, which he wanted to ensure that it harmonized with the grounds.
Mr. Colin McInnis was one of the men who constructed the tower, which stood almost 100ft tall. Originally called “Westgarth’s Hill” for the family who owned the property, the tower was constructed on the site because it was equidistant from Pointe au Baril, Moon River and Ardbeg, and could be seen from a long distance when approaching Town by road, water or rail.