For many years, the Culbert family lived in a log house on the Culbert homestead. Richard Culbert, the youngest son of John Culbert and Mary Ward was now in charge of the property. He had a wife and six children so the log house was still crowded. Richard set out to create this spacious, new, yellow brick house. Construction was completed around 1900 or earlier.
|Jane (Fairhall) Culbert & Richard Culbert entering their house. We think this photo was taken between 1908-1913.|
The house was built at a cost of $700.00. The building contract for the house was given by Richard Culbert to a man who boarded with them.
Richard dug the basement and hauled foundation stones. He cut trees from the bush, which he carted to a nearby sawmill, obtaining lumber for the house. Men were hired to help with the construction, and they boarded at the farm.
Richard planted a row of poplar trees along the path to the house, giving the property the name "Poplar Farm."
|The house at Poplar Farm. Photo courtesy of Marilyn (Culbert) Harrison. (click to enlarge)|
Behind the house is a barn and outbuildings.
The property was passed down from father to son, through the generations. Owners of the property were, in order:
Myron Manford Culbert
Merton Manford "Mert" Culbert
Although Poplar Farm is no longer owned by Culbert descendants, the house still stands and is currently occupied.
Unfortunately, that beautiful old veranda was torn down, as you can see, below...
|Poplar Farm, 2004. Photo by Phil Culbert.|
|A collection of Culberts in front of the house at Poplar Farm, 2004.|
That's a long driveway! You wouldn't want to shovel it but what a beautiful vista.
|Photo by Terry Culbert|
Poplar Farm is located on the Coursey Line between McGillivray Drive and Moorseville Drive, about three miles north of Lucan, Ontario.