Philemon Wright

April 28 2018 – Walking in the Footsteps of Philemon Wright – Richard Henderson

At the Ottawa Public Library – Stittsville Branch starting at 1:30pm

Join us for our April programme as Richard Henderson speaks to us about pioneer and businessman Philemon Wright.

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).

Mill on the Ottawa River – painting by H. Du Vernet, 1823 (LAC C-608)

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.