Major Horace Hutchins

Horace Hutchins was born on January 28, 1868 ,in Kemptville, Ontario. His grandfather had arrived in Oxford-on-Rideau Township from Ireland around 1820 and the...

The Ferguson House, 506 Prescott Street, Kemptville

This lovely house is a reminder of Kemptville’s past. In 1844, John Clothier sold 9 acres of land to John Rath. This property covered...

Party politics

Canadians, when they think about the Fathers of Confederation, which is rarely, probably imagine them as rather stern and colourless individuals. They see the...

Kemptville’s Lost Heritage

One of the most obvious gaps in the streetscape of Kemptville is on Clothier Street East, between the South Branch Bistro and O’Heaphy’s. For...

Leslie Hall

Leslie Hall has served the community for over one hundred and ten years, opening its doors to the most varied collection of activities one...

Kemptville College – Early 1920’s

The photograph shows two buildings that formed the core of Kemptville College in its early years. In the background is the renovated farmhouse of...
G. Howard Ferguson

G. Howard Ferguson 1: Wild young man

In a series on Sons and Daughters, it is impossible not to notice G. Howard Ferguson. This local boy made good was Ontario’s ninth...

Henry Patton Pioneer Missionary of St. James

by Doug MacDonald The distinguished older gentleman in the portrait is the Venerable Henry Patton, Archdeacon of the Diocese of Ontario. In 1826, the Church of...

The Great Coalition

The politicians and the people of the United Province of Canada looked with something close to despair at the apparently hopeless state of affairs...

Kemptville Conscription crisis

The fact that Canada was nearly torn apart through the Conscription Crisis in 1917 can, at least, partly, be traced back to Kemptville! Although...

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