When Sue Renaud was removing some old sidewalk from her backyard on Old Glass Road in Wallaceburg, she started to make an interesting discovery.
“We found massive chunks of old factory glass in cement, some looked like brick mortar. Some were big and beautiful and some small. We began to collect all the chunks for hours… gathering well over 100 chunks. Some colorful pieces, some rocks were even covered in a glass glaze. I felt like I struck gold.”
Renaud said not everyday you can find a treasure in your back yard.
“Call me crazy… but they are pretty,” she said. “It’s a piece of history too. They truly remind me of crystal quartz rocks.”
Renaud added: “I was talking with my neighbour and he is an elderly man. He has said the old glass (factory) supervisor used to live in this house.”
Renaud said her sisters were teasing her, saying she is turning into a miner.
“I do plan to smash up the rest of the sidewalk and dig for more. I know some people think its a little crazy but to me, I think that’s amazing from that many years ago and it’s in the lawn.”
Renaud said she plans on selling some of the pieces in her ETSY shop.
“I already have a 52 piece collection for my fellow do-it-yourself jewelry makers,” she said. “Or those who want to own a piece of history of Wallaceburg, former glass town. It’s considered a slag colour. Some people will make jewelry out of it. I thought it was something neat. I have never seen it before.”
Here are some photos of the glass here:
– Submitted photos