People who have lived in North Grenville for some years will know the Somerville house which stands on County Road 43 facing the junction with, naturally, Somerville Road in Kemptville. The Somerville family have had a long and important association with North Grenville, and the Town of Kemptville for generations. Jean Somerville served as Mayor of Kemptville from 1989 to 1994.
The farm was purchased by the original Somerville’s in 1864, and was in the Somerville Family until Geraldine Taylor and her husband, Peter,
purchased it in 2011. They lived in the home for a short while, and then Geraldine began to operate her real estate home office and Geraldine’s Art Gallery from the space.
Geraldine was constantly asked by other people if they could rent a room – as a studio, or an office away from home. The need for small turn key offices grew and grew. It became evident that some official zoning changes would need to be made. Hence the rezoning and the need to celebrate its completion!
On October 16, Mayor Nancy Peckford, the owners, and a few tenants were on hand to officially cut the proverbial ribbon and declare the Somerwynde Professional Centre officially open for business.
Geraldine and Peter are grateful for all the support from the Mayor, North Grenville Council, and Municipal Staff who helped them in converting the Somerville Homestead from a residential property to an eight unit office building. This change of use required many interior modifications to make the building compliant with the Ontario Building Code. Geraldine noted that: “The staff at the North Grenville Building Department were extremely helpful and patient throughout the process”.
The name ‘Somerwynde Professional Centre’ was, Geraldine and Peter learned, derived from a nickname used by the Somerville family. Apparently, the great-grandchildren always referred to the family farm as the Somerwynde Place, because the farmstead sat high on a small hill and there was always a gentle breeze around the house. Now the old family homestead has a new lease on life, housing a gathering of local businesses, and getting set for yet more decades of activity.
For further information anyone can call Geraldine Taylor at 613 808 891