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“PINK PILLS FOR pale people.” That’s how George Taylor Fulford made his fortune, touring the world in the late 1800s selling iron supplements as a wonder drug.
He’d bought the rights to the formula for $53.01, and turned part of the millions he made into an opulent 35-room Edwardian manor overlooking the St. Lawrence River in Brockville, 340 kilometres east of Toronto.
The 1,900-square-metre Fulford Place (www.heritagetrust.on.ca) “is made of marble and filled with all sorts of sumptuous details,” says the second edition of Moon Handbooks Ontario: “Honduran mahogany ceilings, silk wallpaper, and the original stained-glass windows.” Much of the furniture on view is also what the Fulford family had. The home’s gardens were landscaped by Frederick Law Olmsted, designer of New York’s Central Park.
Inside the baronial Beaux Arts house the Fulfords and their three children entertained Canadian prime ministers, British princes and neighbouring gentry who also had massive “cottages” along the St. Lawrence or among the broad river’s Thousand Islands.
Fulford’s wife Mary lived to be 95, passing away in 1949. George wasn’t so lucky: just four years after the house was completed in 1901, says the guidebook, “he became the first Canadian to die in an automobile accident.”
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