Saturday, January 22, 2011
For the next twenty-three years the property served as the Pugh’s summer cottage. Here countless friends and family visited each year, enjoying tennis, badminton, clock golf, and croquet, as well as wandering through the spectacular gardens and orchard. Mr. Pugh won numerous awards for his flowers and the fruit grown on the grounds of the estate.
In addition to gardening and photography, Fred Pugh researched the care and breeding of mink. His passion for photography has benefited the University of Manitoba’s archives as well as the Charleswood Historical Society with a wealth of photographs depicting the history of the area, including the trails used by aboriginal people to transport goods to Winnipeg.
In 1936 the T. Eaton Company, Mr. Pugh’s employer of 38 years, replaced his summer cottage with a year-round family home as a retirement gift to Mr. Pugh. The Dutch Colonial house that still stands today became the permanent residence of the Pugh family. And today the house serves as the restaurant for The Gates on Roblin.
For more information, visit The Gates website.
The Gates is one of my favorite restaurants. What is yours?