This hike took place in May 2016, but I'll include it here to round out the story of John Muir at Trout Hollow. A few months after learning all about the power plant here from my friend Glen, I went on a public walk with Robert Burcher, local author of 'My Summer of Glorious Freedom', the story of Muir's time in Ontario.
Monday, November 27, 2023
Trout Hollow and John Muir
Bob told us the story of Muir's time in Trout Hollow and pointed out relevant spots as we walked. Here he's showing us a map of the valley, including the location of the cabin where Muir stayed, and the sawmill itself.
Here we are in the small spot where the cabin once stood,
If you're wondering how we know this story, Muir himself left a sketch of the cabin, and letters written to people he knew in Meaford.
There has been an archeological dig which revealed shards of pottery from the time.
Bob talked about Muir's plant collecting too, showing us an illustration of his specimen of the rare Walking Fern. Muir grew up in an intensely religious family, and came to Canada as a conscientious objector during the American Civil War, but his real interest was botany. The short online biography by the Sierra Club simply leaves out these years.