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...

A piece of Polar History in North Grenville

by John Wright It’s often said that The North is part of the Canadian identity, but, perhaps the country’s links to the far South aren’t...

The last invasion

In the summer of 1866, as British America moved slowly towards Confederation, one threat which had been hanging over the provinces for years seemed...

Canadians and the Russian Civil War, 1919

Canadian chaplains Harold McClausland and Jacques Oliviere, joined by other Canadian officers, at the dedication of the Canadian Memorial, Marine Cemetery, Vladivostok, Russia, 1...

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...

Oxford Mills

Oxford Mills in 1890, and in 2010! "This section of Water Street shows the old Methodist Church on the right, and the Presbyterian Church...

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...
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...

The early references to the South Branch River

Debate continues about whether a certain stretch of waterway should be called the Kemptville Creek, or the South Branch of the Rideau River. What...

The Salvation Army Hall, Water Street, Kemptville

Many people in North Grenville will remember this building as the Sears Store; but long before the catalogues brought stoves and clothes to the...