Transcript: Name That Town: Bracebridge | Nov 13, 2018

In animation, the name of the show appears. It reads "Name that town."

A map of Ontario shows the location of Bracebridge.

The narrator says HERE'S HOW BRACEBRIDGE OWES
ITS NAME TO A BOOK
YOU'VE PROBABLY NEVER HEARD OF.
BRACEBRIDGE IS
A SCENIC TOWN
IN THE HEART OF
THE MUSKOKA REGION.

A picture appears with the caption "250 Manitoba Street. Bracebridge. Muskoka, Canada."

The narrator says AND THIS IS POSTAL OFFICIAL
WILLIAM DAWSON LESUEUR.

A picture of Lesueur appears.

The narrator says IN 1864,
HE NAMED THE LOCAL POST OFFICE
AFTER AMERICAN NOVEL
BRACEBRIDGE HALL,
BY WASHINGTON IRVING.
IRVING IS BEST KNOWN FOR
THE STORIES
RIP VAN WINKLE,
AND
THE LEGEND
OF SLEEPY HOLLOW.
(HORSE NEIGHING)

The narrator says IN THE 1860S,
GETTING A POST OFFICE
WAS KIND OF A BIG DEAL.
IT WAS SORT OF A SIGN
YOU'D MADE IT AS A COMMUNITY,
SO THE POST OFFICE NAME
OFTEN STUCK.
BUT WHY NAME A POST OFFICE
AFTER
BRACEBRIDGE HALL?
THE BOOK IS LARGELY FORGOTTEN,
AND DIFFICULT TO FIND.
PLUS, THE BOOK AND AUTHOR HAVE
ZERO CONNECTIONS TO ONTARIO.
BUT LESUEUR WAS NOT
YOUR AVERAGE GUY.
HE WAS A DISTINGUISHED AUTHOR
AND INTELLECTUAL,
AND HE REALLY LOVED BOOKS.
SO HE DECIDED TO NAME THE
BRACEBRIDGE POST OFFICE
AFTER A BOOK HE READ.
THAT'S REALLY
ALL THERE IS TO IT.
HE ALSO NAMED THIS TOWN...

In animation, a hand points at Gravenhurst on a map.

The narrator says AFTER A BOOK.
IT'S ALSO MOSTLY FORGOTTEN,
AND HAS NO CONNECTION
TO ONTARIO.
LESUEUR DID NOT
NAME THESE PLACES...

Portraits appear with the captions "Milton, Shakespeare, Homer, Burnstown, and Virgil."

The narrator says BUT HE'D PROBABLY GIVE THEM
A THUMB'S UP.

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