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Latest update : 10 December 2014.

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  • What is the Pontiac??

    8 December 2014, by Monique

    What is the Pontiac?
    Welcome to the Pontiac Museum which interprets the local history of the Pontiac. What exactly is the Pontiac, you may ask yourself? The Pontiac is many things. A bay on the Ottawa River, a nearby village, a municipality, a county, an electoral district and a judicial district were all named “Pontiac” after the famous Odawa First Nation chief who launched a rebellion against the British in 1763. Aboriginal Peoples travelled the Ottawa River valley for 4,000 years before (...)

  • Pontiac Museum

    8 December 2014, by Monique

    The first European settlers in the vicinity of Shawville were Irish protestants from County Tipperary who had immigrated to Canada after the Napoleonic Wars ended in 1815. Thomas Hodgins and John Dale and his wife Elizabeth chose this place to establish their farms in the 1820’s.
    There are 7 churches in the town. The cemetery on Main street is one of the oldest in the area.
    The agricultural heritage of the Pontiac is celebrated each year at the beginning of September with one of the (...)

  • The Blacksmith

    8 December 2014, by Monique

    Tools were critical to the survival of early settlements.
    In each community or shanty that sprang up in the Pontiac, the blacksmith was central to the production and maintenance of the tools of the trades.
    The roar of the bellows on the red hot forge, the ring of the hammer on the anvil, and air thick with smoke and black soot made up the sounds, sights and smells of a busy blacksmith shop.
    In the lumber camps and shanties the blacksmith forged a variety of axes for felling, trimming (...)

  • The General Store

    8 December 2014, by Monique

    General stores grew up to supply the needs of the early settlers.
    The stores dotted the countryside throughout Pontiac County. They could be found every few miles, the distance that people could travel by horse and wagon to fetch supplies.
    Items that could not be made at home could be bought or bartered for, including tea, sugar, matches, fabric and coal oil.
    Crown land agent, James Prendergast, opened the first general store at Clarendon Mills around 1830.
    James McFarlane set (...)

  • A travel in the past

    8 December 2014, by Monique

    ARAS Pontiac participated with the Pontiac historical society to a Travel in the Past and the discovery of the history of the Pontiac.

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