June 19, 2017

For some reason, the obituaries were full of drowning deaths in the early days.  Whether it was caused by the clothing that was worn (nobody dared leave their home without that three-piece suit or bulky day dress with bustle and hat), a lack of lighting along the water...

June 19, 2017

I have been reading through a book of old obituaries and articles which have been kindly loaned to the museum, and to say that some of them are fascinating would be an understatement.  Although a little different than what we usually showcase on Vintage Westport, I am...

June 19, 2017

We are open for the season and ready for another busy summer at The Rideau District Museum!  Our latest fund-raising publication is ready and hot off the presses for your reading enjoyment.  For only $5.00 you can support The Rideau District Museum by purchasing “The R...

June 19, 2017

Spring is in full swing in the village and that means that seasonal businesses, shuttered for the long winter, are now opening their doors.  Golf courses, chip wagons, and The Rideau District Museum are ready for another busy summer where we welcome tourists and locals...

June 19, 2017

It was an exciting event in the village back at the turn of the century when the government sent in the dredge to remove weeds from the channel. Photo Source: From the postcard collection of Cliff McEwen with special thanks to Stuart McEwen and Jim Forrester

An excerpt...

June 19, 2017

Way, way back in 1914, the following entries were recorded in Nell McCann’s diary:

“Moved our Bed upstairs & Started house cleaning May 12th 1914 Noah Whitmarsh died of Plura Pneumonia.  Nursed by Miss Lynn May 14th 1914 Ernie Botting & Nettie De Wolfe Married in house...

June 19, 2017

We at Vintage Westport would like to take this opportunity to thank The Review-Mirror for allowing us to use images found within the pages of vintage Westport Mirrors over the years.  We are very fortunate that a small village like Westport has had a local newspaper wi...

June 19, 2017

Need I say more.  We’ve had such great comments and so many views, that we are going to keep going with our vintage class photos of local students.  How great is it that the museum has so many great pictures of our children over the years!

"Westport School Fair (ci...

June 19, 2017

Who doesn’t love looking at class photos from the last century?  Hopefully not you, because here we go again!

Because The Rideau District Museum has a plethora of photos of citizens of the village from the 1900s, it seems a shame not to share them all on Vintage Westpor...

June 19, 2017

Last week we took a look at the pupils of Bell’s School, Salem, and Ardmore, and, not surprisingly, that was our most popular Vintage Westport post ever.  For those who don’t follow The Rideau District Museum on Facebook, we had over 1,800 views of that particular post...