The Village Teapot is located in one of the oldest buildings in Ilderton, believed to be at least 145 years old. It has been the location of a tea room or cafe for at least 15 years, most recently the Rustic Styles Café and before that the Baker’s Country Café and Crafts.
The house itself appears in the census for 1881 occupied by a family called the Gillespies – Rebecca Gillespie in her early 40s with six children between 17 and 9; William, Helen, James, Eliza, Francis H. and George R.
Some Ilderton history – a gentleman called George Lipsett built the first frame house in Ilderton for his widowed sister, Rebecca. She had married a man named Gillepsie who was killed by a falling beam in a barn raising accident near Ivan.
While we are not (yet) certain that this means that 13257 Ilderton Road was the first frame house in Ilderton, it certainly existed by 1881, in the very early days of Ilderton, and Rebecca Gillespie and her children appear to be absent a husband/father in the census data for that year.
By the 1891 census, the family appears to have left Ilderton and are no longer listed; by 1911, it was occupied by John and Minnie McFarland.
If you have any additional history or period pictures of the building, please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you!
THE PRESENT DAY…
Started in 2017, The Village Teapot is owned and run by Gaynor Deeks and Jana Yassine. Gaynor is originally from the UK, Jana from Chatham, ON. We are both tea drinkers, sandwich makers and we know a good scone when we see one.
We look forward to receiving you at The Village Teapot.