| January/February 1977

  • Garden of Clayton Laithwaite
    Oxen and plough in cement and stone, in garden of Clayton Laithwaite, near Goderich, Ontario, Canada. Courtesy of R. W. Shaw, 179 Trafalgar Street, Goderich, Ontario, Canada.
    R. W. Shaw

  • Garden of Clayton Laithwaite

On an immense lawn in front of his farm home near Goderich, Ontario, Canada, farmer Clayton Laithwaite has created an amusing tourist attraction, purely as a hobby.

Over the years, he has constructed life-sized figures from cement and stone representing a variety of well-known historical and mythical characters.

These figures are placed in different spots in his garden, some of them painted, and, in all there are about 20 which have been there for many years and have become a magnet for visiting tourists.

Inside the fieldstone gates you will find Canada's first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, driving an old-style iron plough. Other sculptures include Adam and Eve being driven from the Garden of Eden by an angel with a flaming sword, a full-size Indian teepee with Indians, a large team of oxen.

The location of this unusual tourist attraction is on Highway 8, about two miles south of Goderich.