Richmond Fair 2018 Richmond continues to celebrate its 200th anniversary at this year’s Richmond Fair. Events are scheduled from September 12 to 16 (click here for schedule). Look out for the Historical Society float in the annual parade on Saturday morning starting at 11:00am along McBean & Perth Streets.
Richmond 200 Celebration Weekend – June 15 -17 2018 – Now concluded
What a great celebration – over 240 rode our historic trolley tour and many more took the self-guided walking tours or Richmond.
The costumed interpreters are now gone but the walking tour is always available. Follow this link for more information about the online app (download the Google &or Apple version). https://goulbournhistoricalsociety.org/mcbean
The Goulbourn Historical Society is participating with the village of Richmond as it celebrates its 200th anniversary with historical guided trolley tours and self-guided walking tours with costumed characters both Saturday and Sunday (June 16 & 17). Celebrate this important weekend with a step back in history.
Trolley tours operate at 1pm 2pm & 3pm from the Richmond Fairgrounds (see map). Historic Walking tours start at 3444 McBean Street.
June 9 2018 – Richmond – 200 years of history – John Curry
At the Richmond Legion starting at 1:30pm
What do you know about Richmond’s history? We are pleased to have well-known local historian and journalist John Curry to tease us with his in-depth knowledge of Richmond in an afternoon of stories, quizzes and a video trailer in celebration of the Village’s 200th anniversary. Will he stump you with his questions or will you be a winner?
The event starts promptly at 1:30pm at the Richmond Legion, 6430 Ottawa St, Richmond, ON K0A 2Z0.
The presentation, parking and refreshments are all free. Remember, “tell a neighbour, bring a friend”.
May 30th 2018 – Richmond’s Settlers: Who Were They and How to Find Them
presented by Jim Stanzell
Ottawa Public Library – Richmond Branch
Wednesday May 30th 2018 @ 2:00 pm
We are pleased to have long-time Goulbourn Township Historical Society member Jim Stanzell share his expert knowledge about Richmond’s early settlers, their land grants, and the sources to uncover information about them. Mr. Stanzell has traced his own family connection to Richmond to his Great-Great-Grandfather Joseph Stanzel who fought in Napoleon’s army in Moscow (1812) and ultimately ended up settling in Ashton, in Goulbourn Township.
Mr. Stanzell has conducted extensive research on Land Patent Holders in this region and it has been published by the Ontario Genealogical Society in its publication Land Patent Holders – Goulbourn Township and Village of Richmond (This publication is available in the GTHS research centre at the Library’s Stittsville Branch). A land patent is a record of the first transaction separating land ownership from the Crown to a person.
Jim also maintains a fascinating blog of his research at http://walkingwithjim.blogspot.ca/
Come and find out what resources are available for searching Richmond’s settlers at the Richmond Library (not a barrier-free facility). This is an official Richmond 200th Anniversary event.
May 26, 2018 – Soldiering On: Richmond Through the Decades
Goulbourn Museum – 1:30pm
considered the more loyal settlers for this new era of development. Richmond (named after the Duke of Richmond, who was the newly appointed Governor General of the Canadas) was established 1818 as a military settlement. Richmond was the centre for the administration of lands in the area. Military supervisor, Major Burke, placed mainly Irish soldiers of his 99th (formerly 100th) Regiment in Goulbourn. The military relinquished control of the village in 1922. As civilians increasingly populated the village many enterprises were established to support the growing population of Goulbourn Township.
Please join us Saturday May 26th 2018 at the Goulbourn Museum at 1:30pm. As usual this presentation is free to the public. Join us for an enlightening afternoon. Parking and refreshments are free. Please “tell a neighbour, bring a friend”
April 28 2018 – Walking in the Footsteps of Philemon Wright – Richard Henderson
At the Ottawa Public Library – Stittsville Branch starting at 1:30pm
Philemon Wright arrived from Woburn Massachusetts in 1800 and settled at the Chaudière Falls where he established the first permanent settlement at the present site of Gatineau (Hull).
He initially intended to develop a farming community but found it was the timber trade that provided him the income to winter-over and build a settlement. He was an industrious business man, and 200 years ago, provided most of the provisions for the newly formed settlement of Richmond.
Our guest Richard Henderson is a 4th generation grandson of this illustrious settler. Richard is a career educator and author of a book “Walking in the Footsteps of Philemon Wright”. Come and enjoy an afternoon steeped in local pioneer history. This event is being held in the Ottawa Public Library – Stittsville Branch on Saturday April 28 2018 at 1:30pm. Parking and refreshments are free. Please tell a neighbour and bring a friend.