From left are Tiffany Reinhold and Emily Robertson, complete in period costumes helping to celebrate the arrival of the new plaques.
Dignitaries from the Downtown BIA, City of Cornwall and Heart of the City officially unveiled ten new plaques that are part of the Cornwall Historic Walking Tour.
The tour, which includes 30 large-scale historical illustrations that have been erected along the Cornwall waterfront, and in Le Village, now commemorates the rich history of the Seaway City’s downtown core.
Friday’s unveiling marked the end of 12 months’ worth of work to bring the tour to life downtown. The tour, including the downtown component, was made possible with support through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program.
Brenda Campbell, chair of the Downtown BIA, said the downtown component of the tour adds to the rich history already on display throughout Cornwall.
“We want local residents, and visitors to our community, to know about the role downtown landmarks like the Capitol Theatre and Cornwallis Hotel played in building the foundation of our city. It is important to pay tribute to the individuals and businesses that helped put Cornwall on the map,” she said.
Todd Lihou, Centretown Coordinator, called the tour the first step in a long chain of events to bridge the future with the past.
“Young people are enjoyed the tour and getting excited about the history of Cornwall,” he said. “These are the kinds of relationships we want to build – to ensure that our traditions live on through future generations.”
Members of the Optimist Club of Cornwall graciously provided a barbecue for the event. Free hot dogs and hamburgers were provided to the public.
While passersby can enjoy the tour in any location, and from any direction, the fun begins in Lamoureux Park at the City of Cornwall Visitor Centre where information about the tour can be found.
Illustrations depicting Gleason’s Lock, the Cornwall Orphanage, Capitol Theatre, Royal Hotel and the Paper Mill can be found on the tour.
Cornwall artist Pierre Giroux, whose prowess with the paint brush, brought the illustrations to life. Local historian Lily Worrall completed much of the research that went into the illustrations.
The new plaques include the former Town Hall, Rossmore House, New York Cafe, Great Fire, King George Hotel, Cornwallis Hotel, Capitol Theatre, Pitt and First Streets, Pitt and Third Streets and the former Cornwall Orphanage.