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Thursday, 27 October 2022 18:32

Philemon Wright & His Town

Written by Ben Weiss
A Walk in Wright's Town in 1830 A Walk in Wright's Town in 1830 By Rick Henderson

We returned to our in-person Speaker Series on September 14, 2022, after a two and half year hiatus, with a fascinating presentation by Rick Henderson, great-great-great-great-grandson of Philemon Wright.

Rick's presentation included not only thoroughly researched detail and a great selection of images, but also an excerpt from his recently completed "A Walk in Wright's Town in 1830" virtual tour of the Ottawa Valley's first permanent settlement.

In his talk, Rick traced how, arriving over two centuries ago, Philemon Wright and his family carved out a thriving community, launched the industrial development of the region and provided crucial support and assistance to the founding of Bytown and the construction of the Rideau Canal.

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