THE PINHEY'S POINT FOUNDATION
Each year new exhibitions are prepared by the Pinhey's Point Foundation to complement public programming by City of Ottawa heritage staff. Throughout the house, visitors can browse period room settings and featured displays to learn about the Pinhey family and property, their gentry neighbours and the history of March Township. Artifacts and images are drawn from the Foundation's collections and elsewhere.
The Foundation gratefully acknowledges financial assistance from the City of Ottawa, which owns and operates Pinhey’s Point Historic site, with PPF’s volunteer support.
Camp Woolsey: Memories of Ottawa’s Girl Guide Camp
For over 80 years, the Ottawa Girl Guides have made Camp Woolsey their weekend and summer home. Located along the Ottawa River, the camp has witnessed a lifetime of camper memories and adventures, everything from royal visits to trouble with canvas tents. In the spring of 2017, the decision was made to close and sell off all of the Ontario Girl Guide Camps. Come and explore the camp’s history through memorabilia, photos and stories. (The camp was named for the Woolsey family, Pinhey descendants, who were founders of Scouting and Guiding in Ottawa. The Pinhey Cottage at the camp is named for Anna Pinhey, a prominent benefactress.)
Guest curator: Emma Kent
Mr Pinhey’s Gardens / Les jardins de M. Pinhey
Hamnett Pinhey’s farm accounts from 1821 to 1857 provide a unique insight into his gardening practices, and record the presence of several different gardens in which he grew a large variety of fruits and vegetables, intermixing them with flowers. The gardens were large and elaborate. Pinhey tested the limits of the local climate by attempting to grow exotic plants. The gardens are once again in bloom at Horaceville. Come and learn about their beginnings.
Nineteenth-Century Hygiene at Horaceville
The Foundation remounts highlights from its hygiene exhibit to complement the City’s exhibit on Rural Water.
Treasures of Childhood
This sampling of toys, games, books and other treasures of children from the Pinhey family and March Township should appeal to the young and young at heart.
Pinhey’s Point Historic Site
June 15-August 25 and weekends through Thanksgiving
Wed.-Sun. 10-5 to Sept. 1 and weekends 10-5 Sept. 7-Oct. 13
Wash on Monday, Iron on Tuesday ….
Laundry and ironing not your favourite household chore? This display will take you back to a time when there was no electrical power at Horaceville and doing laundry was hard and often dangerous work.
Pinhey’s Point meets the Sixties
Ottawa Resource Collection, Fifth Floor, MacOdrum Library, Carleton University (March 11-August 30, 2019)
Our exhibit from last year goes on the road to help celebrate the 60th anniversary of the National Capital Commission. The Pinhey property was first on the NCC’s agenda when it turned its attention to heritage conservation in 1959. Its purchase was announced, prematurely, with plans for Centennial restoration and a steamboat to Aylmer. Explore with us what happened, and what didn’t, as well as the broader story of NCC heritage initiatives up to 1975.
PPF Summer Events Schedule
Eighty years at Camp Woolsey
Monday, July 22, 2019, 7 pm
Guest curator Emma Kent, who has been camping at Camp Woolsey since she was four, will welcome Camp Woolsey alumnae and interested members of the public to a guided tour of the exhibition and a sharing of anecdotes of the Ottawa Girl Guides camp’s long history.
Refreshments will follow.
Billings Estate, Nepean Museum and Pinhey’s Point (May 12-October 1, 2019)
Three linked exhibitions explore how Ottawans have obtained, used, abused, and conserved this precious resource. They take visitors form the frigid depths of the ancient Champlain Sea to the warm baths of Victorian spas and through the inner workings of our modern water treatment plants. Stories of whales and well diggers, water witches and waterworks engineers join never-before-seen artifacts to tell the cultural and social history of water in our city and region.
The module at Pinhey’s Point explores RURAL WATER.
City of Ottawa exhibits:
WATER: A JOURNEY TO THE SOURCE
The Pinhey's Point Foundation
Dunrobin (Ottawa), Ontario, Canada
The Pinhey's Point Foundation
270 Pinhey's Point Road
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