If more walls could talk: Vancouver Island's houses from the past
If the walls of an esteemed mansion could speak, what stories would it tell? Or how about that rustic shack farther down the road? What tales could it tell? Valerie Green has put her ears to the walls of Vancouver Island's historic homes and transcribed the whispered secrets of bygone days, when folk of every description left their echoes in the buildings where they lived, worked, played, and died. In her first book, 'If These Walls Could Talk', Valerie Green explored 50 heritage homes in the Greater Victoria area. In this second volume, she ranges further afield, covering Greater Victoria and Southern Vancouver Island, Duncan and the Cowichan Valley, Nanaimo, Port Alberni, Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Courtney and District, and Campbell River and the North Island, including homes in Telegraph Cove and Port McNeill. Each home tells of a way of life long past, of people who dwelt within its walls, when and how it was built, or how it is historically significant. Again, Valerie's text is complemented by architectural artist Lynn Gordon-Findlay's exquisite drawings.
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