Healthcare was difficult in the 19th century, with doctors traveling long distances to reach their rural patients. Recurrent small pox and typhoid epidemics were the impetus towards developing the Owen Sound General & Marine Hospital. 

Women's Christian Temperance Union

The Original White Ribbon Campaign 

As Owen Sound became increasingly known for drunkenness and rowdy behaviour, it is not surprising that Temperance societies within the city soon formed. One of the first was the Women’s Prohibition Society, organized in 1874. This society would later

Grey Roots

Miss McKenzie’s Watery Grave

In the early days of the village of Sydenham, now known as Owen Sound, 12 acres of land was required to create a public burying ground. A piece of crown land was given for the purpose.

Susan Martin - Heritage Interpretation