Going to High School in the 1920’s

How many of you remember …? by Bessie B. Billings Do the 1920’s sound too remote for reminiscences called forth by B.C.I.’s 50th Celebrations We hope not, for many boys and girls who attended the old school, burned down in 1929, are now the white haired men and women who share the pleasures of the […]

Early Roads in Elizabethtown

Early wagon traveller praised road As pioneer roads go, the route from Brockville to Perth which split at the hamlet of Forthton (Unionville) was ‘excellent’ in the opinion of a wagon traveller of 1816. Lt.Col. William Cockburn made a long journey in March of that year from Kingston to Brockville via the “King’s Highway” which […]

Brockville and Westport Railroad

Origins of the B&W Railroad  The crying desperate need for a better communications system linking the Rideau country and the St. Lawrence River led to the birth of the Brockville and Westport Railway. On March 4th, 1888 the first train completed its maiden trip from Westport to Brockville. For 64 years, the railway served Leeds […]