The Gothic Town

An image of a white house with a gray roof in the fall, a tree in front of the house with orange leaves.

Whenever I return home from school in Toronto, I am struck by the beauty of my hometown. These small streets are filled with old Victorian homes. Set on the backdrop of Lake Erie, in a sleepy area of southern Ontario, Kingsville has become a place of comforting constants and of natural metamorphosis.

This photo set captures the transience of nature in fall juxtaposed with the persistence of old architecture. The house in the second image was built in 1856 to be the long-term residence of Colonel King, the founder of Kingsville. His previous home is a few blocks away and had been a schoolhouse.

An image of a tan and red coloured house with a grey roof.

This features a unique house in the neighbourhood that has only recently been restored. The veranda features gorgeous pillars and crisp lines, the circular frame on the upper floor is also an uncommon feature. The pairing of bright colours and unique architectural features makes this home memorable and among my favourites.

Along the waterfront, there is a park where migratory birds often gather (such as the white heron and ducks pictured). This region is well known for its diverse ecosystem, especially the nearby Pelee Island which is reachable by ferry.

This is an image of a scenic lake with ducks swimming.
This is an image of a statue of a young girl amid shrubbery.

Every fall, I find myself yearning for Gothic motifs and compelled to read in the park. At this time of year, my walks grow more lonesome but that only magnifies the beauty of the landscape around me.

This is an image of a lamp post, in the background are orange and green trees.

There is much to be said for small-town charm. This is the first time I spend a full year living here and it has been a magical experience. Walking down these streets that I am coming to know intimately, my gaze is drawn to the stunning fall foliage.