Visiting the Hepworth area? Our Bed and Breakfast is like a wilderness Hotel!
Our driveway is very long and winding, and leads to a beautiful place to stay for the night! When you follow it's sinuous course through the forest, you'll find us hidden deep in the wilderness!
Your hosts, Caroline and Doug are old hands at the restaurant business. Now we've brought our cooking skills to the Hepworth area, where you can sample our fare first thing in the morning! We invite all of our prospective guests to peruse our testimonials section! So keep us in mind if you need a place to stay. We'll be waiting!
Some Interesting Facts about Hepworth...
Hepworth, Ontario, straddles Grey and Bruce Counties, where county roads 8, 10 and HWY 6 meet at a strange angle. Because of its central location, and proximity to Sauble Beach, it is a bustling hub of summer vacation activity. Dozens of tourism-related businesses line the roads to the beach, as well as highway 6 on its way to Wiarton. The highway 6-County Rd 8 combination is often backed up for several kilometres on busy weekends in July and August, as cars full of Toronto and area tourists head for the sand and sun.
Hepworth is home to five or six hundred people, although it appears to have had as many as 800 in the past. Some time before 1866, a local landowner named William Plews made a proposal to the Council of Amabel Township to build a town. Lacking a name, he was provided the name "Epworth" by a local Methodist clergyman, no doubt to honour the birthplace of John Welsley. It appears that this was a verbal suggestion, and that Mr Plews was not a practising Methodist, because he proceeded to advertise his new town as Hepworth. As often happens with the language, the name remained, and the town gained somewhat official status in 1866 when it received its first post office. Shortly thereafter the usual developments occurred: a large log building was erected, becoming the first Hepworth Hotel, and farm supply, sawmill and food establishments followed. A huge impetus for Hepworth was the arrival of the railroad a few years later. Amazingly, Hepworth's history also includes an oil boom, or at least the beginnings of one. In 1897 the principal of the local school, E.P. Roe, heard from a travelling oil executive that the Hepworth area showed indications of having oil-bearing strata. He quickly organized a company, and drilled an exploratory well to a depth of 1326 feet; however, his funds ran out and the well was abandoned. He tried again in 1900, and his efforts yielded a well which produced natural gas in good quantities. Speculation then became rampant in the area, and the Standard Oil Company of America apparently secured leases on 20 000 acres of land in the Hepworth area. No doubt large sums of money were spent on exploration at that time, but the results were inconclusive. Subsequent studies showed that yields were generally not develop-able, and the excitement proved only temporary.