Picton had two beautiful castles

Not so long ago Picton had two castles, both overlooking Picton Harbour. They were significant architectural and historical landmarks in Prince Edward County.  They’re both gone now, an irreplaceable part of Picton’s identity. Castle Villeneuve Castle Villeneuve (previously called Castle Inn), was a magnificent building on Bridge Street overlooking Picton Bay.  It was popular for family […]

A Tale of Two Winters

Have you ever noticed that snow in the movies is so romantic? On the big screen, fluffy snowflakes fall gently onto a dream-like setting. Starry-eyed actors hope for snow to create their perfect winter scene. You can be sure that County residents have a more realistic view of snow. We know that those beautiful white […]

Fate was on our side

In 1975 I married Bill VanVlack.  Little did we know that three generations earlier, our ancestors were involved in an incident on Lake Ontario that changed our family’s destiny. I grew up in Prince Edward County, an “island” on the north shore of Lake Ontario. The lake is part of my essence, I’m never fully […]

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 […]

Folklore. Fact or fiction??? You decide

Stories reprinted with permission of Author Janet Kellough from her book “The Legendary Guide to Prince Edward County”. Lost in the Woods When the first settlers arrived in the County, it was heavily forested with white pine and oak. Big Island, in particular, was said to be heavily wooded with beautiful timber. Trees, however, were […]

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 […]