Contact Us!

The Museum is open 10:00 to 4:00, Wednesday to Sunday.
Weather permitting, the museum is open during the off-season by appointment.
Admission is free.  Donations are gratefully accepted.
Photocopies are available for 25 cents per page. Scans of photographs are $6 each.
We also have books, including a history of the Wood family, The Living River, Cornwall and the War of 1812, for sale.
For general information on Genealogical Research, please see our page.

To set up a group tour or to request more information, contact the Cornwall Community Museum at:  (613) 936-0280 or e-mail: cornwallhistory@outlook.com . You could even Tweet us @CornwallCMuseum or send us a message on Facebook.
The curator, Ian Bowering, is also available by e-mail: ian10@bellnet.ca.
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We are very pleased to have the City of Cornwall’s brand new Tourism Office sharing space with us as of this summer.  They can be reached at (613) 936-0842, 7 days per week from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
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We are located at 160 Water St W

The museum is barrier-free accessible. An elevator is available to access the Archives.

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  1. Hi I got a question on my page and maybe you could help me.
    Who was the mayor 1939?

  2. It is a real shame that Cornwall has allowed the destruction of some very old and great buildings, in what they say is to improve the settings around Cornwall. Many of those old buildings would stand the test of time and look much better than what has replaced them.

    • I know I lived in Cornwall most of my life. Im living in Ingleside now and love these pictures. They remind me of when I was a child.

  3. Cornwall and area has long been the home of the Raymond family. I am looking for genealogical info re this family. Can you help me

  4. Hello,
    Starting April 1st, I see that the museum will be open Wed. – Sun, but what about the jail? What time an days are there tours of the jail? Thanks!

    • For now groups can phone to make arrangements. Public jail tours will resume for the summer soon.

  5. I recently purchased a chair at an antique store in Charlottetown P.E.I. I just turned the chair over to attach felt pads to the legs and found a label for “The McGill Limited” I was wondering if it actually is a chair from this company.

  6. I am amazed at the dedication of the volunteers and employees like Ian who give their time to make sure that Cornwalls heritage is not lost …….A giant thankyou.!!! Without you there would be little to remeber.
    I am shocked when I look at how little people know about Thomas Edison who was as prolific as Steve Jobs and is nearly forgotten. Edison turned the USA into the economy it was right up to the 1930’s from the 1860’s and most peolpe if asked would say he invented the light bulb and know little else about his inventions.

  7. Thank you for keeping me informed. Trust we are able to once again visit Corrwall for family history research. Cheers/hsw

  8. Whatever happened to Mcdonalds Inn. Did it burn down?

  9. In one of the 3 photos of the Bell girls, #36 is Blanche Bonneville in the 3rd row from the back. In the second photo she is #45. Blanche lived to be 94 years old and was known to accept/hire every girl who applied for a position-she accepted everyone even if they weren’t Bell material

  10. I understand from your website that Carleton House was built for Guy Carleton Wood. Do you have any information on him? Did he and his wife live in the house for any length of time? I’m especially interested in knowing about his wife (whose surname was ‘Davies’, I think), and where he and or his wife might be buried.

  11. We, also, would like the history of the Wood Family that lived in this house. Our ancestor Enos Wood and his wife Margaret Earmer were married in Cornwall, Ontario, Canada. Would love to know more about the families.
    Thank you/cheers/hsw

  12. I’m trying to get an approximate date a photo by H W Weber was taken. It’s of John McRae of the 13th concession of Indian Land, County of Glengarry. I’m thinking Weber may have taken photos in the 1860s. Any help appreciated.

    • Carol: Nice find. Weber. an American took photograph both in Massena NY and Cornwall from the 1860s to 1896. If you scan it and send it to me by e-mail I can provide you with more information. If it says CW on the back for Canada West it is before 1867.

      Ian

  13. My name is Joanne Hayhurst, and I live in BC.

    I am wondering if you accept Family Genealogy Books for research. I have had a book printed (not published) with stories and lineage of my UEL ancestor, Barnabas (Hartz) Hart who was given the west half of Lot 11, Con.3 of Cornwall Twp. when he came to Canada as a United Empire Loyalists. His 100 acre farm was on the north side of the Tollgate Road, about 0.4 miles west of Pitt St. according to Patrick McNiff’s Survey of Cornwall Twp.- June, 1784. Half the book is on his lineage (my grandmother’s ancestry) and the other half on my grandfather’s ancestry which involved the Civil War and the Puritans. I will pay postage if necessary as I just would like to share my research. I had composed the book for my children and siblings and ended up with a couple of extra copies. The Hart’s and Bender’s (Barnabas Hart married Mary Bender daughter of George Bender UEL and they had large families) so I am sure the book will be of use.

    In my book are also stories and lineage of Jonas and Sarah Wood who are also my ancestors.

    Regards, Joanne Hayhurst

    • That would be lovely, Joanne. Thank you for thinking of us. We have e-mailed you.

      • Thank you. I will mail it tomorrow.


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