Last Saturday found me marketing my book south-east of Ottawa in Winchester Township. My friend, Barbara Kincaid and I first visited Heather McMahon, owner of Belle Flower Gifts, 1453 County Rd. 31, Winchester. What a lovely store she has! I was delighted to pick up an adorable reversible hat for a new baby girl and leave books for sale. Heather's mother taught in a one-room school. She found her mom's friend, Shirly Ferguson Aitken on p. 129, her husband's aunt and uncle, Diane & Dave Wade pp. 73-75, 161 and another aunt and uncle, Hugh & Betty Latimer on pp. 93, 94, 161, 164. What a small world!
Next we visited Chesterville. My books are now available at the Seaway Valley Pharmacy owned by H. Dale McNaughton. There was a marvelous fair going on with remote control boats on the First Nation River, quilt show, Titanic display, Art by the Water, homemade baking by the Anglican church ladies, and shiny fire trucks. People at the Chesterville & District Historical Society and the Rotary Club are interested in me speaking to them in the fall. I have put pictures of the Winchester one-room schools
on my website, and now need some information about them. Can anyone help?
I left more books at the Basket Case, a lovely gift shop and tea room in Morrisburg before heading on to Upper Canada Village. They seemed interested in my book, but it has been challenging to connect with their purchasing manager.
Traveling east along the St. Lawrence River, we came to the Lost Villages Museum near Long Sault. There is a one-room school, S.S. No. 17 Roxborough
on the site along with other buildings and memorabelia. The villages of Mille Roches, Moulinette, Wales, Dickinson's Landing, Farran's Point and Aultsville, and the hamlets of Woodlands, Santa Cruz, and Maple Grove were flooded when they built the St. Lawrence Seaway in 1958. Over 6500 people were displaced, 530 buildings moved by house movers, and many homes, churches, schools and businesses destroyed. A way of life which had evolved from the first settlements of the United Empire Loyalists to the bustling communities of the post-war era was gone forever. Jim Brownell, MPP has been instrumental in preserving history in this area. I hope to be able to speak to their historical society too.