History in movement at Passport to Our Past event

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By Adam Brazeau 
CORNWALL, Ontario - Learning local heritage through interpretative dance breathed new life into Cornwall's past Saturday.

Dancers took over downtown Cornwall for the annual  Passport to Our Past on June 21.

:Dans/Ce Corps:, a local women's dance group, took over Pommier Square in the city's downtown, as part of the annual discovery weekend event Passport to Our Past happening June 21-22.

This year, 18 historical sites and architecturally significant locations are taking part.

The popular event was previously named Doors Open and held in September.

People are encouraged to take advantage of this outstanding event which allows visitors to see our region’s history in ways that are not always available throughout the year.

Admission is free.

Location maps can be picked up at the Cornwall & The Counties new visitor information centre at 691 Brookdale Avenue.

Participating Locations

Aultsville Train Station County Road #2, Morrisburg

Sat. June 21st – 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Sun. June 22nd – 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Visit the original Aultsville Train Station, an attractive 19th century wooden station, originally located in the Lost Village of Aultsville and used by the Grand Trunk Railway Company.

St. Raphael’s Ruins

County Road #18, St. Raphaels

Sat. June 21st- 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Sun. June 22nd - 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

In 1970 a fire consumed the church of St. Raphaels leaving only bare stone walls. Explore the ruins of this church built in 1821, cemetery stones and the old bell.

The Great Cornwall Elephant Walk

Sat. June 21st - 1:00pm

Pommier Square (Corner of Pitt & Second Street)

Put on your dancing shoes and check out an interpretive way to explore our Downtown with a dance and walk.

Bethune Thompson House

19730 John Street, Williamstown

Sat. June 21st – 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Sun. June 22nd - 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

This house encompasses the original 1784 “poteaux sur sol” cabin of loyalist Peter Fergueson, as well as the 1804 house of Rev. John Bethune (the first Presbyterian minister in Upper Canada) and David Thompson (one of Canada’s earliest mapmakers).

Chesley’s Inn

First Street East, Cornwall

Sat. June 21st- 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Sun. June 22nd - 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Built in 1814, Chesley’s Inn is Ontario’s oldest inn and features three beautiful guest suites with ensuite bathrooms, as well as a stunning, private two-room suite with a kitchen and bath. The elegant and historic charm of this bed and breakfast is accentuated by its location in the heart of the City of Cornwall.

Cornwall Community Museum

160 Water Street West (Lamoureux Park), Cornwall

Sat. June 21st - 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Sun. June 22nd - 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Your visit will include a 1900 kitchen filled with Cornwall’s famous Flack and Van Arsdale crocks; a study circa 1910; a 1950s Seaway-era dining room with Beach furniture and the Loyalist parlour. Make sure you don’t miss the Smithville Cornwall’s Lost Village Dance and Walk beginning Saturday at 11:00 am.

Glengarry Pioneer Museum

1645 County Road #30, Dunvegan

Sat. June 21st- 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sun. June 22nd - 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Tucked in the heart of this sleepy hamlet, the growing museum interprets Glengarry history dating back to the turn of the 19th century, when the United Empire Loyalists and Scottish immigrants arrived in the area to start new lives.

Historic Cornwall Jail

11 Water Street West, Cornwall

Sat. June 21st - 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Sun. June 22nd - 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

The jail closed in 2002 in favour of newer facilities in major cities, but the exercise yard, visitation area, common areas and cell blocks have been maintained. Step into a cell to experience life behind bars.

Lancaster Masonic Lodge

28 South Terrace Street, Lancaster

Sat. June 21st- 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Sun. June 22nd - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

The Lodge is distinguished by its unique wall coverings depicting symbols of Freemasonary and photographs illustrating their long history.

Lost Villages Museum

County Road #2, Long Sault

Sat. June 21st - 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sun. June 22nd - 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

The Museum is a collection of 11 heritage buildings with displays depicting and telling the story of the great Hydro & Seaway projects of the 1950s.

Martintown Grist Mill

Dundas Street (just east of bridge), Martintown

Sat. June 21st- 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Sun. June 22nd - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

The Martintown Mill was built in 1846 by Alexander McMartin. It served the community until 1947. The old mill was near collapse but has been successfully stabilized.

Nor’westers & Loyalist Museum

19651 John Street, Williamstown

Sat. June 21st – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Sun. June 22nd - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

The museum comprehensively depicts the story of Sir John Johnson and Loyalist followers who settled here during the American Revolution in 1784.

Raisin River Heritage Centre & Cemetery

County Road 18, St. Andrews West

Sat. June 21st - 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Sun. June 22nd - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

The Heritage Centre is the “hub” for historical information for the village of St. Andrews. Walk around this small community and visit the church and parish hall, the log church replica, the pioneer graveyard. Interpreters on site. Take this chance to explore the burial ground of the Hon. John Sandfield Macdonald, a prime minister of Canada and the first premier of Ontario, and Simon Fraser, a fur trader and explorer who died in 1862.

Sir John Johnson Manor House

19692 William Street, Williamstown

Sat. June 21st – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Sun. June 22nd - 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

The Manor House Committee Members look forward to welcoming you to one of the oldest homes in Ontario, circa 1784. Take a walk through history on the grounds of the lovely Sir John Johnson Manor House, a National Historic Site of Canada.

South Lancaster Walking Tour

Sat. June 21st– 2:00 pm

Sun. June 22nd – 2:00 pm

Begins at the Wharf in South Lancaster.

St. John’s Anglican Church

20788 South Service Road, Lancaster

Sat. June 21st - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Sun. June 22nd - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

The church was erected on the MacLennan estate, called Ridgewood. Located on the South Service Road surrounded by the Glengarry Provincial Park and Lancaster Park, and is commonly referred to as “The Church in the Wildwood.”

St. Lawrence Power Development Visitor Centre

2500 Second Street West, Cornwall

Sat. June 21st – 11:00 am to 4:30 pm

Sun. June 22nd – 9:00 am to 11:00 am

Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) St. Lawrence Power Development Visitor Centre is located on the north bank of the St. Lawrence River, just east of the Robert H. Saunders Generating Station, in the west end of Cornwall, Ontario.

United Counties of S.D.&G. Administration Building

20 Pitt Street, Cornwall

Sat. June 21st - 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Sun. June 22nd - 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

This historic building houses the administrative offices of the United Counties of S.D.&G. The stone structure was once the site of the county courthouse, gaol and gallows. Other features include the refurbished council chambers, preserved architectural features and a display about past wardens.

Organizations: The Social, Church on Sydney

Geographic location: Cornwall

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