11 October 2017

OPL Presentation: A Store Older than Ottawa

Bruce Elliott has something old that's new.

Before there was Bytown, there was the Town of Sherwood, dating from 1822 and located at Chaudi√®re Falls.  One of the stores that flourished there was Bellows & Stacey, from 1824 - 1828, when the townsite vanished.  Earlier this year the account book of Bellows & Stacey's store was discovered in a museum in Vermont.  It has much to tell us about the local economy of the region and about the earliest settlers on both sides of the Ottawa River, from Quyon to Cumberland and south to North Gower.  And it's coming home.

Bruce S. Elliott, Professor of History at Carleton University and author of The City Beyond: A History of Nepean, Birthplace of Canada's Capital, tells the story of this newly-discovered piece of Ottawa's history to a session on Monday 16 October at 6:30pm at Nepean Centrepointe Branch of the Ottawa Public Library. Register at https://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/event/store-older-ottawa

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