The Gibson house was built in 1851 by David Gibson, a land surveyor. The exterior is "Georgian Style" - however the interior is decorated to reflect life in York in the 1800's. Much like Archie Lee, Gibson was a bit of a shit disturber and actually participated in the Upper Canada Rebellion of 1837 and fled to the United States with his family for 11 years. I can definitely imagine good ol' Archie Lee finding a way to get kicked out of Mississippi, let me tell ya!
Just to give you an idea, in the 1850's in Mississippi, cotton was at it's peak, plantation owners were using slaves and the population of the state was rapidly growing. Our play is set in the 1940s though... but this will definitely be an interesting spot to see Archie Lee and Baby Doll battling it out with Aunt Rose! Perhaps it will give them all a touch of class.
Another interesting tidbit: Some people say this spot is haunted. A man with a big top hat has been spotted at the front window of the house many times and apparently there are a lot of cold spots throughout the house but particularly in the parlor - where Mr. Gibson used to sit. You definitely want to check this out and see if it's true!
Closest subway stop: North York Centre Station
Close to: The North York Civic Centre
Date: Thursday, May 3rd
Address: 5172 Yonge Street
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