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Open House – Charlotte County Archives
Explore your roots and the history of St. Andrews all in one fun-filled day on the Charlotte County Courthouse Common, at 123 Frederick Street, on July 21 from 10:00 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Charlotte County Archives Open House Details
Event co-ordinator Mary Casement, giving a sneak peek, says of the event, “The Board of Directors of the Charlotte County Archives are thrilled to be able to present a delightful day that will offer everything from history-based contests and games to displays on genealogy and even a ghost walk. This gives us a chance to let people know what the Archives has to offer — to young and old alike. At 7 p.m., following the day’s activities, there will also be a ghost event tour in the old goal with Felicity Cooper, alias Miss Demeanour, who will also have a display booth with us during the day featuring her display of photos and articles from earlier psychic events at the Gaol. The tour, at a cost of $10, will begin at Town Hall beside Scotiabank and will conclude at the Archives Gaol with many stories and stops in between, including the Loyalist graveyard. Her tours have excellent ratings and she has a fabulous Facebook page, parts of which have had up to a million views. It should be a great way to cap the day.”
- A tour of the County Gaol, built in 1832, giving a glimpse of what it was like to be a prisoner there.
- An additional tour of the historic Court House, an architectural gem, built eight years after the Gaol.
- A chance to meet Charlotte County authors and costumed figures from St. Andrew’s past.
- The chance to sign up to be a member of the Archives and learn how you can investigate your roots even further.
- An authentic historic and living Camp Site with Company I 20th Maine Volunteers, complete with a medical officer’s tent, with demonstrations of military techniques and musket firing, just with blanks though!
- Historic Home Movies of St Andrews in the old Court House.
- Advance reservations for the early September replay of the “Hockey in St Andrews 1900 to 1980” movie.
- Costumed characters enacting the 19th century personae of Henry and Juliette Phipps Ross, philanthropists who owned the Rossmount Inn and provided endowments for both the Ross Memorial Museum and the Ross Memorial Library.
- Local food and craft vendors.
- Live music with Ruth Dunfield on the Court Verandah from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. as well as Masha Shenkel with James Hirtle and other musicians throughout the day.
- Games, a self-directed scavenger hunt, genealogy demonstrations, refreshments, and more!