A group of heritage-minded individuals formed the Carleton-West Russell Historical Society (CWRHS) in the autumn of 1963. Their intent was to develop a pioneer museum to celebrate Canada’s Centenary in 1967. The group produced a plan for a pioneer village which met with little enthusiasm. By 1967, the group’s activities diminished. By the early 1980s, the remaining executive members disbanded.
Further private heritage ventures were undertaken in the early 1970s. The CWRHS’s plan for a pioneer village was scaled down to a re-creation of a pioneer farm. The result was the Log Farm on Cedarview Road operated by the National Capital Commission.
Nepean Museum is a user-friendly facility with full wheelchair accessibility and ample parking. The exhibition gallery showcases the history of Nepean through a series of changing exhibits. The Museum houses a collection of some 20,000 objects in a purpose-built, climatically controlled collections facility. Guided interpretative tours and programming are available at Fairfields. Programming is available at both sites through Family Zone, Kids Crossing and Learning Links.
The Museum site also boasts two community rooms available for rental. Outdoor facilities include a children’s climbing frame and sandpit, a basketball court and the Doug Froebel Baseball Park.
Fairfields is located on a 1.8 acre garden property. Fairfields has restricted accessibility and on-street parking.
Nepean Museum is entering an exciting phase, revitalizing its community services and redeveloping its exhibition galleries. Visit us on site or contact us to get involved – we’d love to hear your ideas!
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