Long History behind the Wayside...
 
As the Wayside enters it's 75th year of service, It looks back at a unique and interesting past. David Fife, the grandfather of Mrs. Marg Lyle of Talbotville, purchased the property, in 1913, at the intersection of Highways 3 and 4, where the Wayside now stands. He owned and operated a gas powered grist mill.

Mr. Kimball operated a blacksmith shop located beside the mill on the adjacent property and then sold it to Ernie and Mildred Barnes, who

later sold it to Imperial Oil.

A new structure was built in 1936 and a gas station was opened. Greyhound used it as a bus terminal and although the bus terminal was relocated to St.Thomas in the late 40's, buses continued to pick up passengers at this site until 1973. As many as 40 buses buses stopped at The Wayside each day. Art Spencer operated the business for Greyhound until in 1939, when Frank Robertson took over managing it during the second world war.

Later, Don Levy managed the business until Eddie Escaf purchased it for the Escaf Brothers. the present owners bought the business in 1975.

Serving the public as a restaurant, The Wayside also housed the Talbotville Post Office until the 1960's.

The refurbished Wayside serves from 2500 to 3000 people weekly. Our catering service can accommodate groups numbering from 50 to 1500 people, from small parties to large social occasions, like weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, and open houses.

We do hope you enjoy yourselves at the Wayside. If there is something special you would like us to do, please let us know. We will be glad to oblige.

 

 
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