The Cracked Bell Caper of 1900

The Cracked Bell Caper of 1900

With an Introduction by Fred Blair, Genealogist and Family Historian The Cracked Bell Caper of 1900 is a part of Orillia history worth retelling.  On December 24, 1956, the Orillia Packet and Times published some recollections by either Alan or Heber Greene, both sons...
History of the Orillia Kiltie Band

History of the Orillia Kiltie Band

Written & researched by Trish Crowe-Grande, History Committee Chair and Cliff Whitfield, Guest Contributor Following the success of the Orillia Citizens Band in 1923, winning second place in Class B at the CNE Band Competition, the Kiltie Band brought honour back...
History of the ORILLIA CITIZENS BAND

History of the ORILLIA CITIZENS BAND

Written & researched by Trish Crowe-Grande, History Committee Chair and Cliff Whitfield, Guest Contributor In the late 1800s, it was common to gather at Orillia’s Civic Park (now Couchiching Beach Park) and listen to the Orillia Citizens Band, where hundreds of...
Solving the Peter Street Cemetery Mystery

Solving the Peter Street Cemetery Mystery

Who owned the Peter Street South cemetery? Your first thoughts might be that this was the St. James’ Church Cemetery, but that cemetery was about two blocks further north on the southeast corner of Peter Street and Coldwater Road. On June 19, 1873, the following...
Another Waterfront Transformation

Another Waterfront Transformation

Orillia Waterfront Transformations By David Town, Historian, Author of ‘A Waterfront for Everyone’ Orillia Museum of Art & History Guest Contributor What a transformation our waterfront is undergoing!  There’s a new road going in with better access to the...