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 also dangerous. Hundreds of sailors died when winter gales drove their ships onto the area’s notorious shoals.
History Lives Here video on the Barley Days at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6u9R-wJZL5Q&feature=youtu.be