Ottawa House opens for season
A steady stream of visitors kept staff and volunteers busy on the Victoria Day weekend as the Ottawa House By-The-Sea Museum opened its doors for the 2017 season.
The weekend began with a visit by a group of paranormal researchers who spent several hours on Friday seeking evidence of ghosts in the historic building. They found “activity,” but nothing alarming.
Over the three-day period, 205 visitors dropped in to tour the museum, enjoy free refreshments and buy books and baked goods.
In addition to local residents, there were visitors from British Columbia, Manitoba, Wyoming and even Germany.
New interpretive panels caught the attention of visitors as they entered the parlor known as “Marie’s Room.”
The first seven of a series of 34 panels are already in place, telling of such events as the legendary (or perhaps mythical) 1397 visit by Prince Henry Sinclair and the 1926 rum-running conviction of hotel operator Capt. Carl Merriam. Additional panels will be installed over the coming weeks.
Another new item is the prominent and eye-catching photo of Sir Charles and Lady Frances Tupper at the head of the staircase.
Many repeat visitors remarked on the excellent condition of the nearly 250-year-old building, which has been extensively renovated in recent years.
The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and always welcomes new members and volunteers. For information call 902-254-2376, visit the Facebook page or website at www. parrsboroughshorehistoricalsociety.ca.