Starting with Food – Everyone has a story to tell

Food.  Glorious Food!  That’s the theme for the annual afternoon get-together at the Millbrook Manor this January, hosted jointly by the Manor and the Historical Society.  The focus, as always, is on stories – memories and anecdotes shared over coffee, tea and goodies in the Manor Common Room.  The stories… Continue reading

Two Events Mark Armistice Centenary

Remembrance Day is a time when those who have served and are serving in the Armed Forces are honoured and remembered. To mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended hostilities between the Allies and Germany in 1918, the Millbrook & Cavan Historical Society is holding… Continue reading

Tell Us Your Jail Tales

The word on the street is that David Clayton Thomas of Blood, Sweat and Tears fame was once a Millbrook resident at what inmates called “the Brook.” The Millbrook Correctional Centre operated from 1957 until the end of 2003 as the province’s only maximum security correctional centre for convicted inmates… Continue reading

Historical Society Partners with Local Libraries

On Thursday, September 20, Millbrook Branch Librarian Erin Stewart guided keen amateur genealogists through the steps to access information through Ancestry-Library Edition. For these first-time users, it was, for the most part, a surprisingly satisfying and productive experience.  The program is available at both libraries and can be accessed anytime… Continue reading

Historical Society Starts Fresh in the Fall

September is a big month for the Millbrook and Cavan Historical Society as it launches a fresh new website,, and adds new events and features to its programming. In collaboration with the Cavan Monaghan Library, monthly workshops to teach the basics of navigating the genealogy program Ancestry (Library Edition)… Continue reading

It’s Not Just a Blanket

Many years ago, our ancestors used whatever fabrics were available to make quilts which were usually bed coverings. Although that is still true today, there have been a lot of changes to the craft. On Thursday, May 24, Elaine Young, president of the Millbrook Needlers Quilt Guild will be the… Continue reading

A Chance to Understand

This month, the Historical Society’s gathering will be held in cooperation with St. Thomas’ Anglican Church as together we experience the KAIROS Blanket Exercise.  This free event will be held Thursday, March 22, 7pm, in the Parish Hall at St. Thomas’ on Centre Street in Millbrook. The facilitator for the… Continue reading

Heritage Stands the Test of Time

As I was driving home from Ottawa after a Christmas visit, I stopped in at the High Spring Trading Post and Saddlery between Marmora and Havelock, to say hello to Rick Mocon.  Above the cash register in the store are clippings and photos from the era of Frontier Days in… Continue reading

Millbrook Explorers Take the Trip of a Lifetime

A journey that began for several young Millbrook boys at age four culminated last month in a northern Ontario adventure with their Millbrook Explorer group. The small contingent of Millbrook youth headed out on August 6th for an adventure to northern Ontario. The Four Millbrook Traditional Explorers accompanied by four… Continue reading