A visit to the N.F. Douglas & Company Ltd. store in the late 1800's was a major outing for most families in the Northern district.
Travelling by horse and buggy, it would often take most of a morning just to reach Caledonia from more distant areas, so it was important
to make the most of their time at the store.
While the gentleman farmer saw to the purchase of seed, garden
tools, livestock supplies and farming implements, his wife was most
likely happily selecting fabrics for the family's clothing needs, along
with the requisite store of flour, sugar, molasses, etc. As they made
their purchases, they would catch up on the doings of friends and
neighbours and discuss the issues and problems of the day. The
store was not just a place to purchase the things they needed-it was
a place to meet...
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