by Tom Graham
A celebration of 100 Years of Education at Kemptville Campus is being planned for Saturday, September 28, 2019, on the grounds of Kemptville Campus. Hosted by Kemptville Campus in partnership with the Municipality of North Grenville, festivities will include on-site demonstrations by teachers/students from the school boards on Campus, historical displays of artifacts and photos, tours of educational buildings, commemorative speeches and ribbon cutting by dignitaries, and – of course – a birthday cake to celebrate 100 years.
The Open House event is planned to complement the activities that will unfold during the Grenville County Plowmen’s Association 100th anniversary plowing match, which will take place on the land adjacent to the Campus, on the east side of County Rd 44.
“The Plowmen’s 100th anniversary event is a wonderful occasion to showcase how far we’ve come over 100 years,” stated Mayor Nancy Peckford.
In 1916, Kemptville native and provincial Minister, G. Howard Ferguson, announced an investment by the Ontario Government of $50,000 toward the establishment of what was to become Kemptville College. By 1919, after three years of preparatory work, land acquisition, and the appointment of its first President, W.J. Bell, Kemptville College was delivering short courses in agriculture in livestock care and crop rotation, plus farm management and other practical courses. The regular two-year agricultural courses began in the fall of 1920.
“The celebration on the Campus itself will give residents of North Grenville – and, indeed, all of eastern Ontario – a way to celebrate Kemptville College’s remarkable and historic past in offering agricultural education, while at the same time marking what we expect will be another 100 years of activity at Kemptville Campus.”
This event is open to the public. Timing to be announced. Watch for more information at KemptvilleCampus.ca, and follow us on Facebook: @KemptvilleCampus.
In May, 2018, North Grenville acquired 626 acres of land on the Kemptville Campus – including the majority of existing buildings on the property, woodlands, crop land, wet land, greenspace, green houses, the agroforestry centre and maple bush, trails, sports facilities, a residence building, and a commercial kitchen, currently occupied by Catered Affairs.