Sequicentennial Farms

Sesquicentennial Farms of Goulbourn Township

Farming was a well established activity in the former Goulbourn Township. A Centennial project initiated in 1967 by the Junior Farmers’ Association  of Ontario (JFAO) identified farms meeting the criteria of being owned for 100 consecutive years by direct descendants of the same family and that a family member was still living on the farm, and it that was still in active operation.

As we celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial, and in association with JFAO we have identified four families that have been farming the same land in Goulbourn Township for over 150 years. This is a noteworthy showing of dedication to their homesteads. In appreciation of the accomplishment by the Anderson, Dawson, Hobbs and Kenny families, the Goulbourn Township Historical Society celebrate this achievement.

A reception will be held on Saturday, November 25th from 11:00am to 1:00pm in the Grace Thompson meeting room at the Ottawa Public Library – Stittsville Branch, where in association with the Junior Farmers of Ontario, GTHS will be presenting the Canada 150 signs to the families.Come out and celebrate and thank our local farmers and their families for the phenomenal work they do and especially for the length of time they have been doing it. Hope to see you all there!

Nicholas Sparks

Nicholas Sparks

with Brian Hull

Speculated Portrait of Nicholas Sparks of Bytown

Nicholas Sparks (?) – photo courtesy of Brian Hull / Sparks family historian

Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 1:30pm at the Ottawa Public Library – Stittsville Branch, 1637 Stittsville Main Street Ottawa, ON, K2S Canada (map)

Come and be entertained by Brian Hull our guest speaker as he regales us with stories about his great-great-great-grandfather Nicholas Sparks. Sparks was born in 1794 and arrive in Wrightville (Hull-Gatineau) 201 years ago from Wexford, Ireland. He began working for Philemon Wright at £50 per year. He very quickly became a property owner and landlord in Bytown and owned most of the lands in the present day commercial core of Ottawa. He died here in 1862 and was buried in St. James Anglican Church Cemetery, Hull.

The presentation, parking and refreshments are all free. Remember, “tell a neighbour, bring a friend”.
See you there.

Road to Richmond

The Road to Richmond – October 21, 2017 – with Larry Cotton.

Richmond Road was built in 1818 to connect the military settlement at Richmond with Richmond Landing just below the Chaudière Falls on the Ottawa River in Bytown. The British Government had offered land in the Richmond area to British veterans of the War of 1812. Richmond Road was originally a corduroy road. Today, what is left of the road is paved. It is one of the oldest roads in Ottawa.

Corduroy Road – 1832 by Henry Byam Martin NAC115040

Looking forward to the 200th anniversary of Richmond in 2018, author Larry Cotton, will speak about “The Road to Richmond”. Larry is the author of 6 books including the well known, “Whiskey and Wickedness”. Larry’s books are all historical in nature as he has a passion for history.

This month’s event is held at the Richmond Legion <click here for map> starting at 1:30 pm. The presentation, parking and refreshments are all free. Remember, “tell a neighbour, bring a friend”.

See you there!

Photo Contest 2017

GTHS Photo Contest – 2017

Our contest is now over – Thanks for your participation.

It’s time to clean your lenses, charge your batteries, and have tripods at the ready to enter the Goulbourn Township Historical Society’s photo contest!

In preparing for the Village of Richmond’s 200th anniversary in 2018 we are focusing this year’s heritage photo contest on images in and related to Richmond, Ontario. Our categories include:

  1. People of Richmond
  2. Richmond Heritage
  3. The Jock River
  4. Timeless Pastimes

Submission deadline is September 30th, 2017. Complete contest rules, entry forms and model release forms are available from the links below:

Official Rules 2017
entry form 2017
Model release 2017

Check out our previous winners -> Photo contest winners

Art in the Park

Art in the Park is set for Sunday June 4th 2017

Come out and enjoy a pleasant afternoon at Stittsville Village Square (corner of Stittsville Main Street and Abbott Street.) From 12pm to 5pm you can engage with 90 exhibitors and performers in a fun afternoon presented by the Stittsville Village Association.

The Goulbourn Township Historical Society will be well represented as we celebrate historical Stittsville Main Street. Here are a few historical photos of our Main Street. Hope to see you there Sunday. The weather forecast looks good!

What Went Down in Struggle Town?

What Went Down in Struggle Town? 

Tracey Donaldson, Acting Manager and Acting Education Officer Sarah Holla from the Goulbourn Museum present What Went Down in Struggle Town? This presentation will examine the settlement, historic figures, and structures, which have defined the narrative of Stanley’s Corners.

Settlement of land in Upper Canada became a priority for the British Government following the conclusion of the War of 1812. Discharged soldiers who accepted land grants were the first to settle in Goulbourn with their presence creating a line of defense for Upper Canada against the Americans.

Wallins Atlas 1863

Belden’s Atlas 1879

At the intersection of 9th line and Regional Road 5 (Flewellyn and Huntley Roads) a small community known as Rathwells Corners grew as a busy stopping point between Richmond  and the Upper Ottawa Valley. By the 1850’s John Rathwell an early school teacher taught at a school located just west at Black’s Sideroad. Also his wife kept a stopping place or hotel at Rathwells Corners. By 1879 there was a store, St. Thomas Church, a saw mill, and a school. Later the community also supported a cheese factory, cement factory, post office and blacksmith shop. Eventually the Rathwell’s sold the Hotel to John Manchester and in turn to Jonathon Stanley. The small community then became known as Stanley Corners. It was nicknamed “Struggle Town” by the early Irish settlers, the history of Stanley Corners is marked by success, prosperity and tragedy.

SS#10 Stanley Corners 1926 – From Farms and Families

Were the settlers justified in nicknaming the community Struggle Town?

This presentation at the Goulbourn Museum, Saturday May 13 2017 starting at 1:30pm accompanies the Museum’s outdoor exhibition, which will formally launch during the summer event, Father’s Day Flashback: Ireland’s Own in June 2017.  As usual, attendance, parking and refreshments are free.  And remember, “tell a neighbour, bring a friend.