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Dyer Memorial Hunstville

Located in: Muskoka
Location #685

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Location Owner:cherylbain82
Creation Date: 6/2/2009
Last Updated: 8/2/2012

Dyer Memorial is a stone monument reaching toward the heavens, at the top of which rest the cremated remains of two remarkable people. Clifton Dyer, a successful lawyer from Detroit in the United States, erected the structure as final resting place for his wife Betsy Brown.

Clifton and Betsy Brown spent their honeymoon in Muskoka in 1916. They returned twenty years later and from that time they enjoyed their remaining summers sheltered in a small cabin on the side of towering banks of the East River. The cabin is gone but the woodland retains the charisma of years past.

In winter, Clifon and Betsy would return to their summer home in the Muskoka forest by horse and sled. They loved to ski on the hills near where the monument now stands.

Betsy died in 1956, almost forty years after her marriage to Clifton. Clifton immediately commissioned the construction of the Memorial as the final resting place for her ashes. He was steadfast in his desire that Betsy would never leave this land of wonder she had loved so dearly. It took one year to complete construction of the monument. Betsy's ashes were then encased in a stonewall near the peak of the Memorial overlooking the careless East River slumbering in the valley below.

The grounds surrounding the monument required two more years of clearance and landscaping before completion. (Progress was sporadic during winters.) Clifton died in 1959, three years after Betsy's death. His cremated ashes were placed within the monument next to his wife's ashes. Betsy would never be alone again.

To arrive at the monument you must journey up seventy-three flagstone steps leading to magnificently landscaped grounds, flowerbeds, streams and ponds.

On Willimasport Rd. north of Hunstville, the way to the Memorial is easily accessed. There is the risk of its gradual seclusion as the forest strives to claim this sacred ground as its own by repossession of the road leading to it.

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July 28th, 2012
Dyer Memorial Hunstville
Created on:8/2/2012
Created by: NikiFM
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Created on:1/3/2011
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Dyer Memorial Hunstville
Created on:6/30/2010
Created by: cherylbain82
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Category: Recreational



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bain.cheryl says:
6/17/2012 9:41:52 PM

One of my favourite places. I know it sounds crazy, but it feels close to something unknown just hits me in the chest and it's like wow...I am home.

timo explorer says:
1/3/2011 11:46:46 AM

Rumour has it this place is haunted by the two lovers, who can be seen walking the grounds together.
There is also controversy as to who will continue the upkeep of this place. It all comes down to funding, and the Town of Huntsville who is currently looking after the grounds, is said to be looking for a buyer. The fate of this amazing treasure is greatly in doubt.

snigely says:
6/14/2009 12:51:20 PM

A friend of mine brought me here years ago and it has always been an insperation of love for me and I have always told people about it. It has always just been I'm my memory so it is great to see it again.

adam83 says:
6/10/2009 8:08:41 PM

Oh sorry should have been apologies.

adam83 says:
6/10/2009 8:06:14 PM

This place is just incredible! I happened to stumble across this location while browsing and i'm absolutely blown away. I'll have to make it up Huntsville way this summer to check it out. Thanks alot to cherylbain83 for the info and pics.

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