In the early years of settlement along the Rideau River few trails connected southward to the St. Lawrence River. Today, one of those is Bolton Road, which as the name changes over the length, covers a swath of history.
At Merrickville Legion, starting at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Octobre 30, Michael Whittaker, President of the Rideau Valley Archaeological Society, takes the public and members of the Merrickville and District Historical Society on a journey along Bolton Road.
From County Road 43 to Bishop’s Mills, Mr. Whittaker will provide an overview of some farmsteads, schools, mills, and a railway station, with side trips to Deek’s Quarry on the Scotch Line Road.
There is much research to do regarding this brief stretch. Mr. Whittaker will cover what the curious amateur should look for to identify a site, and the regulations governing archaeology in the Province of Ontario. The Rideau Valley Archaeological Society has barely begun to explore the Rideau watershed, and to delve into the science of archaeology.
Rideau Valley Archaeological Society meets the second Sunday of the month at the Goose and Gridiron at 12:30 p.m. New York State archaeologist Tim Abel will be the guest speaker on November 11.