About Janet Kellough

The tragic tales, outrageous gossip and fascinating history of Ontario’s Prince Edward County are all grist for the mill for writer and storyteller Janet Kellough. From shipwrecks to lost love to the romantic legacy of the dance hall era, Kellough’s writing captures the essence of a unique people and a very special place. Visit Janet at janetkellough.com

Writing The County

Unlike many artists who now live and work in Prince Edward County, I didn’t move here to start a new life. I was already here. My family has lived here for generations. I live next door to my great-great-great-great-great grandfather’s original land grant. (So we’re not exactly rolling stones.)

Lucrative rumrunning

Fact or fiction??? You decide … Stories reprinted with permission of Author Janet Kellough from her book “The Legendary Guide to Prince Edward County”. Main Duck Island, twelve miles from the shore of Prince Edward, was a convenient staging point for rumrunners smuggling liquor into the United States during Prohibition. In the early years, possession […]

The disappearance of the schooner Picton

Fact or fiction??? You decide … Story reprinted with permission of Author Janet Kellough from her book “The Legendary Guide to Prince Edward County”. One of the strangest stories of shipwrecks in the vortex is the tale of the schooner “Picton”, which, along with two other ships, the “Acadia” and the “Annie Minnes”, was carrying […]

Triple tragedy on the lake

Fact or fiction??? You decide … Stories reprinted with permission of Author Janet Kellough from her book “The Legendary Guide to Prince Edward County”. On August 31, 1868, two brothers from Port Ontario, New York, a man named Howard from Bath, and Henry Selleck, a Point Traverse farmer set off in a sloop fish carrier […]

Double Hanging

Story reprinted with permission of Author Janet Kellough from her book “The Legendary Guide to Prince Edward County”. Hops were at one time an important industry in the County and it was customary for buyers to travel from farm to farm, paying the hop-growers in cash. One such buyer was Peter Lazier from Belleville, who […]

Lake Monsters – Fact or Fiction ??

Story reprinted with permission of Author Janet Kellough from her book “The Legendary Guide to Prince Edward County”. Stories of lake monsters are legion in Prince Edward County. Old Indian legends and tales told by early explorers and settlers of the area tell of strange creatures swimming in Lake Ontario, and reports of monsters have […]