Richmond Ontario's 200th Anniversary Walking Tour

Historic McBean Street still has many surviving buildings from the last two centuries. This short tour highlights the bustling village life over that time.

Richmond Ontario's 200th Anniversary Walking Tour

Ottawa, Goulbourn, Ontario K0A 2Z0, Canada

Created By: Goulbourn Township Historical Society

Tour Information

Richmond, Ontario is the oldest settlement in Carleton County. Surveyed and laid out in July 1818 under military authority as it was to be a supply depot for one of the new townships being set up by the British. It was to be populated by soldiers of the disbanded 99th regiment who had fought in the War of 1812.

Richmond did not grow gradually; it was set up as a complete town with instant settlers – members of the Irish-raised 100th regiment which was renamed the 99th by the time its members got to Richmond. The settlement straddled the Jock River, which was then considered a useful transport route.

Although the military withdrew its support in 1822, Richmond continued to do well and in 1850, it was the first municipal corporation in Carleton County to be formed as a village.

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What You'll See on the Tour

Hemphill Post Office - Country Quilters

3444 McBean Street This house, representative of a late nineteenth century village home and commercial building was built at the time when the centre of the village moved north to the intersection of Perth and McBean Streets. The property i... Read more
St. Paul's United Church

3452 McBean Methodism came to Richmond soon after the founding of the village. “Saddlebag preachers” such as the Rev. Ezra Healey paid regular visits traveling by horse (and on foot when the roads were bad). They preached in homes and p... Read more
Dr. Chanonhouse House

3468 McBean Constructed before 1893, this stately brick house was home to one of Richmond’s most highly regarded merchants, Henry McElroy. (M. Scott -   ...
Masonic Lodge Goodwood

3494 McBean Masonry in the Richmond area actually started before Richmond existed with the soldiers of the 89th Foot Regiment who had a Craft Lodge warranted by the Grand Lodge of Ireland the Charter number being 863 and existing from 1798 ... Read more
3509 McBean

Joe Dallaire's Barber Shop
3518 McBean Street, Richmond

3518 McBean Ferrier tinsmith
Loyal Orange Lodge #151

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Patrick McElroy Store

3556 McBean
Lyon / Ralph property

3559 McBean
Richmond Public School

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William McElroy home

3459 McBean
Riellly's Hotel

6092 Perth Street
Richmond Agricultural Dining Hall

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