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A Store Older than Ottawa

Before there was Bytown, there was the Town of Sherwood, dating from 1822 and located at Chaudière 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. […]

Ottawa Public Library Nepean Centrepointe Local History & Genealogy Drop-In Club

Need help tracing your Ancestry? Curious about the history of your home? Drop in to work on your family tree, discuss local history research strategies, & discover what Resources are available for your Research. A genealogy specialist Librarian will be here to answer questions and help you get the most from library resources.  Drop-In Club […]

The Barbers: an Ottawa Family History

Born into slavery in Kentucky, Paul Barber became a respected horse man who not only trained the horses of Ottawa’s elite but was himself a skilled horse racer.  One of Ottawa’s earliest Black permanent residents, he founded a family that still thrives here. Thomas Barber, award-winning Ottawa Black historian (and Paul’s grandson), will share the story […]