History

 Don Smith

Then and Now : Life in and around the St. Lawrence River

Then and Now : Life in and around the St. Lawrence River

At the Museum, online and in-person, people frequently express interest in local communities and landmarks from our past. Among those are the former resort communities, such as the one on Stanley Island as well as anything pertaining to the now Lost Villages wiped out by the coming of the St. Lawrence Seaway, including Moulinette and […]

 Don Smith

Then and Now – Ice ice baby

Then and Now – Ice ice baby

Cornwall Ontario – With these recent temperature fluctuations, we’ve certainly been experiencing a fair deal of outdoor ice and icicles hanging off of roofs, which hearkens to mind related matters. Not so many years ago commercial ice making was a very different endeavor than nowadays. Prior to the widespread use of automatic home refrigeration, Cornwallites relied […]

 Don Smith

Don Smith’s Then and Now: St. Lawrence Sanitorium

Don Smith’s Then and Now: St. Lawrence Sanitorium

Cornwall Ontario – Your weekly dose of Local History! In the 1930s and 40s, Tuberculosis, caused by a bacterial infection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, was easily spread through the air by coughing/sneezing and typically caused such symptoms as fever, night sweats, chills, fatigue, loss of appetite, weight loss, chest pain and coughing up of blood. Commonly […]

 Don Smith

History of the Cornwall Cotton Mills from 1868 to present

History of the Cornwall Cotton Mills from 1868 to present

Cornwall Ontario – Recently I received a few requests concerning the history of the Cotton Mills in Cornwall, particularly which mill was in operation during what time frame. Collectively, those mills were once the major source of industrial employment in the Cornwall area, much as were the Courtaulds companies and the paper mills in their time. What follows […]

 Don Smith

Fort Augustus by any other name

Frequently people ask about Cornwall’s historic wind mill and whether or not it was located at Windmill Point (now the site of St. Lawrence College.) The wind mill was not located at Windmill Point, but rather a few blocks east on a hill. A memorial plaque adorns the east exterior wall of the former St. […]