An HO scale model railway in St. Jacobs, Ontario
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St. Jacobs, the Village
The Village of St. Jacobs, has, for several decades, been one of Ontario's premier tourist destinations. It is situated in the heart of Mennonite Country just a few miles north of Kitchener-Waterloo.
In the late nineteenth century E.W.B.Snider, the owner of the mill in town, believed in the future of electricity from Niagara. Along with Sir Adam Beck, he was instrumental in the foundation of Ontario Hydro. St. Jacobs is also known for having the first commercial creamery in Ontario. In recent years, along with the tourist trade, the Village has become famous as the home of the giant HOME HARDWARE association of stores. Their unpretentious hardware store downtown is where it all started. Today, the head office is still here, along with acres of warehouse and convention space and facilities for servicing their large fleet of trucks.
The tourist trade began in the early seventies when a local businessman bought an old grocery store and converted it into the STONE CROCK restaurant. The purchase of the mill soon followed. At first a furniture store, it soon became a gift shop where craftspersons and artisans made and sold their wares. Other stores followed, and the rest is history. Today, a million or more visitors a year come through town.
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