To honour Richmond’s 200th anniversary, local historian Marion Scott will be posting factoids about our rich history on her blog, Richmond Heritage. Over the next year you should expect to see 200 pieces of information that you may or may not have already known. We are pleased to reproduce them here with the kind permission of Marion. Visit Marion’s full historical blog here.
#1. In 1818, fearful of an American invasion, the British government decided to settle disbanded soldiers in the area between Perth and the Ottawa River and establish a depot at a new centre called Richmond. From there administrators would oversee the settlement of Goulbourn, Huntley, and March Townships as well as parts of Beckwith and Nepean. The whole area was referred to as the Richmond Military Settlement.