Connecting families on Family Day

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Sandra Agoston pulled out a shopping bag at Annandale National Historic Site Monday afternoon.

And a thimble. And a wooden toy.

She rummaged through another bag looking for more items on the 2015 Scavenger Hunt list and found a turtle shirt. The 60-plus participating families had to bring in 10 items on the 17-item list and Agoston was racking them up.

"And now we have a selfie on here," said Agoston, showing her phone and checking another item off the list.

Three winners were contacted by ANHS Monday afternoon.

"We had a good Family Day," said Patricia Phelps, Culture and Heritage Manager/Curator. "We took a different approach this year. Normally, we are open, and we have our volunteers scattered around, and people can wander. This year people could come for a guided tour, on the hour. So if they never had a chance to go with a guide through the house, this was their opportunity. Our volunteers loved it, they enjoyed the day."

The annual Scavenger Hunt is always a highlight event at Annandale House.

"That's a popular thing – we didn't give that up!" Phelps smiled, noting it was the 8th annual.

"We also added for people to learn how to trace their family roots. That was new this year. You could have free access to one of the eight computers, the Internet and free access to Ancestry.

"A big thank you to Don in the IT department for bringing in and setting up all the laptops. We borrowed the laptops from the town.

"The people have had fun, they've learned stuff and found things that they didn't know. So on Family day we made a lot of family connections."

It was the perfect way to celebrate Family Day, she said, in the home of Tillsonburg's founding family, starting with George Tillson 190 years ago.

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