Prescott’s Forwarders’ Museum: a Focal Point

Since 1978, Prescott has celebrated its history and unique story as a town originally built on the forwarding trade from a small, elegant building known today as the Forwarders’ Museum and Visitor Information Centre. Historical pictures almost always contain clues we can overlook, and here are two that help us understand how important a focal... Continue Reading →


150 Years of Shakespeare on the Upper St. Lawrence River

Prescott residents have taken Shakespeare and community involvement in theatre seriously for more than 150 years! The idea that volunteers or “amateurs” as they were called might join the players on stage to help create a larger spectacle or that plays involving community members might be presented as fundraisers (and crowd-pleasers) are local traditions that... Continue Reading →

A Little More on the ROTHESAY

Our plaques describe ROTHESAY’s years on the St. Lawrence River and her demise on September 12, 1889 – just west of downtown Prescott – but her full story includes service on the Saint John River, as well as a number of seasons on the Toronto-Niagara run. Back in 1980, ROTHESAY was featured by the Toronto... Continue Reading →

A Look Back at Christmas 1867

With Canada 150 around the corner, I’d like to travel back to December 1867 and share a few thoughts about what life was like in Prescott…50 years or so after our Town was first settled. In 1867, Prescottonians worked on the railroads, in shipbuilding and forwarding, in hotels and inns, in one of 3 breweries... Continue Reading →

One of Several Dominion Government Elevators

At the time it was built in 1929-31, our area’s "Dominion Government Elevator" was one of a series of projects commissioned by Canada’s Dominion Public Works Department and built by Port Arthur’s C.D. Howe and Company, the same C.D. who became known to Canadians as "Minister of Everything". The Rt. Hon. Clarence Decatur Howe (1886-1960)... Continue Reading →

The Prescott Cenotaph

“At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them” These were the words that came first to Laurence Binyon in mid-September 1914, as he sat on a cliff top looking out to sea in North Cornwall (UK) composing his best known poem, For the Fallen. The now famous phrase... Continue Reading →

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