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The Log Cabin and Carriage house were both donated to the Children's Animal Farm many years ago. The Log Cabin is now used as the Education Center for the Animal Farm. The Carriage House is used along side the Log Cabin for groups or individuals to learn more about the Farm and the History that goes along with it. Below are some pictures of both the Log Cabin and the Carriage House.


The Log Cabin - Education Center

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The Carriage House

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History of the Log Cabin and Carriage House:

The Log Cabin located at the Children's Animal Farm originally came from near Goderich Ontario. In 1930, Mrs. Margaret Spaulding, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Hanna, bought the Log Cabin from the Geddes Family. The Cabin was taken apart and floated down Lake Huron in a log boom to Lakeshore Road. Here it was reassembled and a wing was added.

The Log Cabin had an upstairs with bedrooms and a downstairs with living quarters. In 1938, the Carriage House was built. In reality, it was a garage with a billiard room and a guest room upstairs.

When Margaret Spaulding died, her son Thomas Spaulding inherited it. Mr. Lorne Hay, builder, subdivider and City Alderman bought the buildings and tore down the added wing. After his death, Mrs. Hay, fearing the threat from shore erosion, gave the Log Cabin to the City of Sarnia to be a recreation feature.

Through the generosity of the Lorne Hay Family, the City of Sarnia received the Log Cabin and the Carriage House that presently sit at the Children's Animal Farm at Canatara Park.

These buildings were moved in one piece (as opposed to being dismantled) from the Hay property East of Modeland Road on the lake side of Lakeshore Road, in May of 1971. It is estimated that the original Cabin would be close to 100 years old, however through time, renovations have been necessary and some parts of the building are bound to be somewhat younger.

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