The Block house: a Rideau Canal icon

The Block house beside the Rideau Canal locks is one of the most iconic of Merrickville’s sights. Built 185 years ago, in 1832, it...

Throwback Thursday: Oxford Station Cheese Factory

At the turn of the Twentieth Century, cheese factories were a major part of the Ontario economy, and North Grenville and the surrounding area was one...

Walter Turnbull: Man at the top

Walter James Turnbull probably had one of the more interesting lives of anyone who grew up in Oxford Mills. His mother, Sophronia Williams, came...

Kemptville Public School, 1873-1936

The B&H Grocery store in Kemptville stands today on what was once the site of this really lovely school. The Kemptville Public School served...

The Hollywood connection

Over the past year or so, we’ve been doing a series called “Sons and Daughters”, profiling people who lived and worked in North Grenville...
Prescott St, Kemptville, looking North

Looking back ‑ How times have changed

by Ralph Raina I thought the readers might be interested in a bit of nostalgia about the town of Kemptville. Rudi Finzel and I have...

Rideau River Bridge on old Highway 16

In the late 1930's, the road from Kemptville to the Rideau River followed a different route and ended at the swing bridge at Beckett’s...

Kemptville’s Cold War secret

At the height of the Cold War, the Canadian Government took steps to ensure the Continuity of Government in the event of a nuclear...
Beckett's Landing Summer Resort

North Grenville History- Beckett’s Landing Summer Resort

This was the Beckett's Landing Summer Resort, built by Cecil Beckett in 1927 and a favourite place for boaters and swimmers on the Rideau...

Clothier Hotel, 9 Water Street, Oxford Mills

Here is a building that no-one but older residents from Oxford Mills will recognise. It was constructed c 1835 of timber frame and served...

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