Donations sought to honour industrial family

Heritage Centre Wellington has announced the cultivation of an enhanced com­munity greenspace to be known as BT Corner.

Located at the corners of Queen, St.. David and Bridge Streets, BT Corner celebrates the Beatty Family and the town­ship they chose to call home. The park illustrates the family’s contributions to Centre Well­ing­ton by highlighting the them­es of family, industry and community.

BT Corner will feature a fully accessible plaza surroun­ded by a ring of inset engraved donor stones. Visitors passing through the main entry off Queen Street are greeted by an imitation grist mill wheel that commemorates the town’s ear­liest industries.

Surrounding the mill wheel are limestone blocks, reflecting the township’s building mater­ial of choice. On the left is a dry stone wall, echoing the com­munity’s Scottish roots. Set into the wall are a trio of commemorative plaques illus­trating the themes of family, community and industry.

The plaques are positioned in re­lation to the three build­ings that surround the corner – The Beatty House, The Fergus swimming pool and the Beatty Brothers Foundry.

A fourth plaque, located in an area of prominence, reflects on the far reaching impact of the Beatty Brothers on the modernization of farming and agriculture.

All of that is framed by a landscaped sea of greenery.

The official opening is planned for June 20.

To purchase an engraved donor stone, to make a tax-deductible donation or for more information on this project, contact: BT Corner Subcommittee, Heritage Centre Wellington, c/o The Township of Centre Wellington, PO Box 10, 1 MacDonald Square, Elora, Ont. N0B 1S0, or telephone 519-846-0265, or fax: 519-846-2039.