Ot­tawa House opens for sea­son

The Citizen-Record (Cumberland) - - CUMBERLAND COUNTY - PARRS­BORO

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.

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