FOCUS - JUNE 2018 21 On Sunday June 3, Cochrane Street will come alive with the sounds of the past. Cochrane Street, Port Perry’s most fashionable street, will be the site of another historical walking tour organized by the Lake Scugog Historical Society, led by local histo- rian Paul Arculus. Cochrane Street was the street of choice for the homes of Port Perry’s leading businessmen, doctors, poli- ticians, and merchants in the nine- teenth century. The homes of Joseph Bigelow, Port Perry’s businessman and first Reeve; David Adams, a banker and insurance agent; industrialist William Tate; William Parrish, Port Perry’s hardware merchant and Dr. Matt Dymond, Provincial Minister of Health under Leslie Frost and John Robarts, will be among those encountered on the walk. Tour guide Paul Arculus will take us past some of these historic homes, and recall stories of the community’s past and the role played by Cochrane Street’s colourful and notable person- alities. Some romances and even a scandal or two will be recalled. Cochrane Street in Port Perry is rich in historical and architectural gems. In addition to the fascinating stories of Cochrane Street’s earlier residents, Paul will indicate some of the interesting architectural features of their homes. The walking tour gets underway at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday June 3 and lasts for just over an hour. Those wishing to join the walk are asked to park behind Port Perry High School and meet at the corner of McDonald and Rosa Streets. At this starting point, Paul will give us a brief his- tory of Port Perry High School and comment on some of its more nota- ble graduates. The walk is free but a collection will be taken at the conclusion of the walk and all proceeds go to the Historical Society. The home of John H. Brown, although not on Cochrane Street, was built in the 1870s and will be mentioned during the walk. The Italianate style home was the residence of many successful citizens. The Wilcox House. The home of merchant William Wilcox was built in the early 1870s in the French Mansard style. It later became the home of Cyril Jeffrey, a prominent harness maker. COCHRANESTREET COCHRANESTREET COCHRANESTREET Enjoy a walk and learn some history on beautiful