Richmond 200 – Factoids #26 – # 30

To honour Richmond’s 200th anniversary, we will be posting factoids about our rich history. Over the next year you should expect to see 200 pieces of information that you may or may not have already known.  The topics of these posts include: #26. Lyon’s Gristmill # 27. Captain John Bower Lewis # 28. Jamaican Spirits # 29. Sheep & Wool #30. 2 views of Richmond circa 1820 Continue reading

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Richmond 200 – Factoids #21 – #25

To honour Richmond’s 200th anniversary, we will be posting factoids about our rich history. Over the next year you should expect to see 200 pieces of information that you may or may not have already known.  The topics included in this post are: #21. Malaria #22. Main Street #23. Saw Mill #24. School #25. Interesting items ordered by George Lyon Continue reading

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Richmond 200 – Factoids #16 – #20

To honour Richmond’s 200th anniversary, we will be posting factoids about our rich history. Over the next year you should expect to see 200 pieces of information that you may or may not have already known. The topics included in this post are: #16. Domestic animals #17. Militia ranks #18. George Lyon #19. Stocking a store #20. Dams and the drowned land Continue reading

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Richmond 200 – Factoids #11 – #15

To honour Richmond’s 200th anniversary, we will be posting factoids about our rich history. Over the next year you should expect to see 200 pieces of information that you may or may not have already known. The topics included in this post are: #11. Street names #12. Maria Hill at war #13. More street names #14. Maria Hill in Richmond #15. Seeds and crops Continue reading

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Richmond 200 – Factoids #6 – #10

To honour Richmond’s 200th anniversary, we will be posting factoids about our rich history. Over the next year you should expect to see 200 pieces of information that you may or may not have already known. The topics included in this post are: #6. Col. George T. Burke #7. Winter #8. Support for soldier/settlers #9. The Richmond fox #10. Duke of Richmond Continue reading

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Richmond 200 – Factoids #1 – #5

To honour Richmond’s 200th anniversary, we will be posting factoids about our rich history. Over the next year you should expect to see 200 pieces of information that you may or may not have already known. The topics included in this post are: #1. Reasons for settlement #2. Building a “planned” community #3. The soldier/settlers #4. Town & park lots #5. Jock River Continue reading

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Letters Patent for Richmond Fair – 1847

 

The Fair” as we know it has been held every September since 1894 when the Carleton County Agricultural Society moved its fair from Bells Corners to its present site in Richmond. Agricultural fairs were not new to the village but records before this time are incomplete. We do know that as many as four fairs a year were held, often on the government lands on the east side of Cockburn St. at the corner of Strachan St. There are newspaper reports of the buying and selling of livestock and crops being accompanied by heavy drinking and fighting. The Government of Canada tried to regulate the fair by granting Letters Patent to the local sheriff. George Neville has transcribed these Letters Patent and provides us with a short introduction, his transcription, and a copy of the original document. Continue reading

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Richmond’s Strathcona Rifle Range

by Marion Scott with research assistance from Fred & Joan Darby, Bob Moore & Ian White

Richmond & Strathcona Rifle Range -1908
Richmond & Strathcona Rifle Range -1908

One hundred years ago in the summer of 1914, the great powers of Europe were lurching towards war.  Meanwhile, in Richmond, the Strathcona Rifle Range was at the centre of a kerfuffle between the Canadian Northern Railway and the Canadian Government.  Why, at a time when the British Empire required all the skilled marksmen it could find, did someone want to close a training ground for riflemen?  The answer seemed very simple. The railway executives thought their passengers and trainmen might get shot. Continue reading

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