Loy­al­ist history show­cased

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Es­tab­lished as a Cen­ten­nial pro­ject in 1967, the Nor’West­ers and Loy­al­ist Mu­seum in Wil­liamstown pro­vides a fas­ci­nat­ing con­duit to the past, high­light­ing an of­ten over­looked facet of Glen­garry history – its ties to the fur trade.

A Ge­or­gian-style struc­ture orig­i­nally con­structed in 1862 as a school, it not only houses dis­plays and in­for­ma­tion chron­i­cling the story of Sir John John­son and his United Em­pire Loy­al­ist fol­low­ers, who set­tled in the re­gion dur­ing the Amer­i­can Revo­lu­tion, but ar­ti­facts and doc­u­ments per­tain­ing to the history of the Nor’West­ers (or North West) Com­pany as well.

A group of brave and hearty men, the Nor’West­ers dom­i­nated the fur trade in Canada be­tween the time of their es­tab­lish­ment in 1779 and 1821 – when they merged with the ri­val Hud­son’s Bay Com­pany.

Its mem­bers – in­clud­ing such key fig­ures as Dun­can Cameron, Hugh McGillis, John McGil­livray and David Thompson – ex­plored and opened up much of western Canada and the U.S., brav­ing the wilder­ness from the St. Lawrence River to the Pa­cific Ocean, from the Arc­tic to the Mis­sis­sippi River; but for many years, called Glen­garry home.

Some young peo­ple tour the Nor’West­ers and Loy­al­ist Mu­seum

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