The Barley Days

The Barley Days
Exploring our Deep Roots

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

About Peter Lockyer

Peter is a former CBC radio and television broadcaster. Peter formed History Lives Here Inc. in 2004. His interest in local history was developed when he wrote his master's thesis [Master of Journalism graduate, Carleton University 1986] on the canning industry of Prince Edward County, once the capital of the industry in Canada. Contact Peter at historyliveshere.ca