In 1901, the northwest corner of Silver Birch and Queen was the location of the Georgia Villa Inn. The inn was torn down in the 1950s. A Red & White grocery store was built in its place. It once was a Loblaws and in 1990 the transition to a Valu-mart is what we have today. Peter Coulman captured this image in 1981. Did he know this was to be the last free place to park your car in the Beach? Valu-mart owner-operator Graham Pryce shared an intriguing story with me. It was known to some that the inn was haunted. Years ago, one of Graham’s employees returned from the store’s dimly lit basement all shaken up. She claimed to have seen an apparition and quit right on the spot.
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