The Barley Days

By the mid – 1800s, the pine and hemlock forests of Prince Edward County had been cleared for farmland. The big crop was barley shipped across Lake Ontario to Oswego, New York for the American brewing industry. It was so lucrative, some farmers paid off their farm mortgages in a single season. But it was […]

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 […]

History of the fishing industry

Prior to the twentieth century, Prince Edward County`s industry was driven by farming, fishing, ship building and shipping. In the mid 1800’s, the rich harvest from the surrounding waters developed into a commercial fishery that supported generations of County families. Sports fishermen made annual trips to local resorts to haul in trophy catches. Fishing became a big […]

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 […]

The Garden County of Canada

In the early 1880s, a new industry quickly took root in Prince Edward County, the canning of fruits and vegetables. Within a decade, canned produce from this tiny Ontario place was shipped all over the world earning the area its title as The Garden County of Canada. But by the 1970s, increasing competition from other […]

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 […]