The McLaughlins lived on the property for 55 years until Colonel Sam’s death at the age of 100 in 1972 (Adelaide died in 1958), the same year it opened to the pubic, and the federal government designated Parkwood a historic site in 1989. Today, the estate is preserved as if the family still lived there, with room settings and vignettes designed to give guests a realistic view of the McLaughlins’ lives. Visitors can stroll through the estate and experience the photos and cherished mementos that adorn the space. Silver, monogrammed linens, needlework, crystal, China, trophies, awards and other memorabilia are displayed with care inside, while the gardens outside represent how they appeared in the 1930s. Every space on the property tells a story and celebrates the contribution of one of the city’s most prominent, respected and remembered families.
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Photo Credit: Courtesy of Parkwood NHS Archives.