During the late 1800s The Timmins brothers, Noah and Henry, ran a general store inherited from their parents in the town of Mattawa. The business savvy brothers also took a keen interest in prospecting which eventually led to a prosperous career in mining. Among other accomplishments, they brought to birth one of the world's greatest gold mines, The Hollinger, in the area of Timmins, Ontario. The city has been named in recognition of the brothers.
At the turn of the 20th Century, on the most beautiful site on Lake Champlain, construction of the 10 bedroom home and three bay carriage house commenced. Upon its completion, this summer cottage, was a prestigious meeting place where the brothers entertained family, friends and clients.
Guests of the Timmins at the time included the Eaton family. In years to come, Gypsy Rosalie, Roy Rogers and Pat Brady were known to be frequent visitors.
The road leading to this lodge has been named 'Moosehead". The Estate forever remains a local landmark.
A Year by Year list of the Moosehead Estate.
Brothers Noah and Henry Timmins, proprietors of a general store in Mattawa with a keen interest in prospecting, construct the house and baptize it While Away Camp. It is utilized as a summer home to entertain family, friends and business associates.
Included in the list of frequent visitors to the home are the Eaton Family, Mae West and Gypsy Rose Lee.
It is speculated that the brothers have squatters rights during this period as Land Registry files have no record stating title of property. However, MPAC documentation states that house was constructed in 1900.
The Brothers strike gold. It is the beginning of a whole new, prosperous venture for the brothers. The general store in Mattawa is left to an employee while the brothers focus solely on mining in the area of Timmins, Ontario. It is only a matter of time before they expand throughout the Canada and eventually at the international level.
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Title transferred from Crown to L.H. Timmins for the sum of $63.
Construction of the 3 bay detached garage.
Construction of the guest house.
Title transferred from L.H. Timmins to Senator Donat Raymond and his wife Grazilla Raymond of Montreal. Legend has it that Senator Raymond, a relative to the Timmins Brothers, won the house in a poker game. While holding title to the property, Senator Raymond was also owner of Montreal Canadians Hockey Club.
Title transferred to Gordon K. Masters of Toronto. In the same year, another transfer of title. This time, to Edna Hisey and her daughter, Della Mann. Della was spouse to Normie Mann, Toronto Maple Leafs hockey player. Another frequent visitor is Roy Rogers along with Pat Brady. Property renamed Moosehead Lodge as it provided accommodations to tourist wanting to fish and hunt.
Property sold to William A.H. MacBrien, Chairman of the Board and shareholder of Maple Leafs Garden. The property remains in this family for 29 years.
The Janveaux Brothers, Luc and Denis, of Mattawa, acquire the property and subdivide.
House purchased by Bruce and Vera Huta of Toronto.
The present owners, Melanie Viau and husband, Marc Bouthillier purchase the house. Their acquisition entails a two year renovation project. The entire house is gutted and completely revamped.
Moosehead opens for business and is renamed Moosehead Estate and Retreat.