Canada Day brings crowd to Ottawa House

Rose Willigar
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From left; Nicole Paris, Nikki Bennett, Amy McCallum and Nick Harvey were among those gathered at the Ottawa House By-the-Sea Museum on July 1, celebrating Canada Day.

PARRSBORO - Over 200 guests visited the Ottawa House By-the-Sea Museum on Canada Day for birthday cake and learn a little about the museum's history from local historian Conrad Byers.

A cake auction later in the afternoon brought in just over $700 for the museum's future maintenance and upgrades.

"The money raised from the cake auction is used for upkeep and maintenance of the museum," museum manager Susan Clarke said.

"Every time a cake sold, I thought, another gallon of paint for the museum," Byers joked.

Noting that it was the 28th or 29th time the Parrsborough Shore Historical Society had officially celebrated Canada Day at the Ottawa House By-the-Sea Museum, Byers reminisced of previous years gone by.

Byers reflected back to Parrsboro's Centennial year in 1989 where many dressed in period costumes such as that of Governor and Mrs. Parr.

"The importance of having such days is mainly to remind us of our cultural values and beliefs as individual, family, community and nation," Byers said.

Parrsboro's local historian also noted the new verandah on the Ottawa House and made mention of the continued restoration planned for the historical site.

"Perhaps on Canada Day soon, we will obtain our goal of having official recognition as a Canadian Heritage Site," Byers said.

Following the guest speakers' remarks, there was birthday cake at the museum for all to enjoy. The day closed with the cake auction.

Organizations: Ottawa House, Sea Museum, Parrsborough Shore Historical Society Canadian Heritage Site

Geographic location: PARRSBORO

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  • Frank Blackwood
    July 15, 2010 - 09:55

    I visited Parrsboro in 2008 and had a wonderful visit with the people. History at its best and people to share it .. The carfts were out of this world, around the Prime Minister;s homestead. It was anazing and magnetic to hear the rumbling tide from the Bay Of Fundy.!! We will return again. Frank Blackwood Newfoundland writer "Off The Slate" Richmond Hill, Ont.