Russell celebrates its rich heritage
May it be the story of the New York Central train station, the Russell Brick & Tile Co., the world’s first insecticide, Dr Kinnaird and Proudfoot practices, or even Russell’s very own connection to the famous war poem In Flanders Fields, one can easily say that the village has a variety of known – and less-known stories.
In order to celebrate its rich heritage, the Russell and District Historical Society (RDHS) held its annual Russell Heritage Festival on Saturday, September 25. “The idea behind this festival is to get people to come and see what we have and enjoy the day,” said RDHS Chair Judy James.
With a transportation theme this year, the RDHS festival featured their Canada 150 project – the newly-restored Russell Village Fire Truck. As per usual, horse-drawn wagon rides were offered through the village and a special ride that even – almost - made it through the new Russell Tim Hortons’ drive thru!
Other than the Keith M. Boyd Museum visit and surrounding area displays, the day’s events also included a nature walk in Burton conservation area, an outdoor concert featuring the Russell Community Concert Band, and a history of air travel presentation.
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A special salute to the owners of the new Tim Horton’s, Shelley & Howy, was made on a horse-drawn carriage, on their grand opening day. In the back, we can see municipal councilor Cindy Saucier, as well as Connie Johnston and Larissa De Quimper.
Organisé par le Russell and District Historical Society, le village de Russell célébrait une fois de plus sa riche histoire à travers son Heritage Festival. Qu’il s’agisse de la gare, de la Russell Brick & Tile Co., du premier insecticide au monde, en...