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Charlotte County Archives — Spring 2018 Newsletter Taproots #053


Spring into Action!

 Thanks to everyone for coming out on April 28 to the world premiere of the film “Hockey in St. Andrews 1900-1980” based on the films of the late W.C. “Bill” O’Neill, who played a leading role in the building of the Town’s facilities and after whom the Arena was named. Bill began taking films in St. Andrews as early as 1938, which his niece, Carmelita Thompson O’Neill, has digitized. When she gave a copy to Franklin Cardy, now Chair of the Charlotte County Archives Board, he compiled them and added commentaries by local hockey fans who remember many of the people and events. A second screening of the film is planned for early September. Advance booking will be available from the Archives from July 21st.

 The April screening was also the occasion of a membership drive. We are pleased to report that we gained a dozen new members. Thank you so much. Thanks also to the great crowd, including Mayor Doug Naish and the Town Councillors who came out for the film. Your involvement and membership will help the Archives strengthen its role as guardians of the memories of Charlotte County.


 Board members Jeff Holmes and Peggy Fothergill at the film screening

 To see more photos taken at the world premiere of the film “Hockey in St. Andrews 1900-1980” please visit our web site at www.ccarchives.ca


 Archives’ Merchandise  BD Chair Franklin Cardy Introduction
New Archives Members Signing Up    The Old Days on the Rink

Looking ahead we have two exciting events we hope you can attend.

 An Open House on Saturday, July 21st from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. 

·       Tour the County Gaol, built in 1832, and see what it was like to be a prisoner there.

·       View the historic Court House, an architectural delight, built eight years after the Gaol.

·       Learn how to find your family roots in the Charlotte County Archives.

·       Sign up to be a member of the Archives and learn how you can investigate your roots even further.

·       See Company I 20th Maine Volunteers in a Living History Camp Site, including a medical officer’s tent, on the Court House Common, with demonstrations of military techniques and musket firing, with blanks. 

·       Watch Historic Home Movies of St Andrews in the old Court House.

·       Buy the wares of local artisans.

·       Take in a book display of local authors.

·       Enjoy music, games, a self-directed scavenger hunt, genealogy demonstrations, refreshments, and more!


Our fifth Annual House Tour on Saturday, August 18 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. 

·       5 historic properties

·       $25 per person

·       Only 250 tickets 

Plan now for an architectural bonanza. Tickets go on sale at Cockburn’s Drugstore and Westminster Books July 3rd. Houses that are part of the tour this year are: 

·       Peacock Farmhouse — 330 Joe’s Point Road

·       Oriole Cottage — 6 Queen Street

·       45 Water Street

·       Greenock Church — 146 Montague Street

·       235 Queen Street


Book early to avoid disappointment.