Contact Us!

The Museum is open 11:00 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, Cornwall Scrapbook, 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: You could even Tweet us @CornwallCMuseum or send us a message on Facebook.
The curator, Ian Bowering, is available at (613) 936-0842 (leave a message) or e-mail:
Jail Museum Map

We are located at 160 Water St W

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


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

  2. When will your site be also in French?

    • good question. the site is more or less done on a volunteer basis, so if you know anyone who would like to volunteer, let me know!

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

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

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

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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

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