Westport and Port Elmsley, Ontario – My Top 5 Picks

Westport and Port Elmsley, Ontario – My Top 5 Picks

Westport

Westport is a village in Eastern Ontario. It lies at the west end of Upper Rideau Lake, at the head of the navigable Rideau Canal system, between Kingston and Ottawa. The first settlers to the Westport area arrived in the period between 1810 and 1820. The land was originally granted by the Crown to a Mr. Hunter, but he never settled in the area and the land was purchased by Reuben Sherwood in 1817. Some of this land was later purchased by the Stoddard and Manhard families. Sawmills built by Sheldon Stoddard and the Manhard brothers in 1828-32, during the construction of the Rideau Canal, fostered the development of Westport.  Grist mills and wharves were soon erected and by 1848 a post office was established.  Within a decade the hamlet had three hundred residents and several prosperous businesses, including the General Store of Declan Foley and mills of William H. Fredenburgh, a prominent lumber exporter.  The community’s growth was stimulated by agricultural prosperity and the construction of the Brockville, Westport and Sault Ste. Marie Railway, completed in 1888 between Brockville and Westport, a distance of forty-five miles.  With several takeovers, the railway continued to run until 1952.

Port Elmsley

Port Elmsley is located in eastern Ontario in Lanark County on the north shore of the Rideau River between the town of Perth and the town of Smiths Falls.

Architectural Photos, Westport, Ontario

45 Main Street – The Prospector’s Wife – corner quoins

Architectural Photos, Westport, Ontario

18 Church Street – built late 1880s as the home and shop of A.M. Craig, inventor of the one-piece harness buckle; Catholic Women’s League Hall from 1921 to 1988; now Cottage Country – mansard roof with dormers

Architectural Photos, Westport, Ontario

11 Church Street – Italianate style – hip roof, dormer, Ionic capitals on verandah pillars

Architectural Photos, Westport, Ontario

8 Mill Street – hip roof, paired cornice brackets, sash windows

Architectural Photos, Port Elmseley

Port Elmsley – cornice return on gable