J.C. Forster, Architect

J. C. [Julian Charles] Forster (1860-1934) was an architect whose body of work included several projects in Owen Sound, Grey County, and beyond – spanning commercial, institutional, and residential design.
Grey Roots

The Kennedy Empire

A very important collection, which chronicles the growth of a manufacturer in Canada over a 140-year period, is preserved, catalogued and available to the public for research and viewing at the Grey County Archives.

Grey Roots

John Frost and the Frost Family Story

This is the story of an extraordinary Canadian family, the John Frost Family, who in the early 1840s, discarded their comfortable, upper-middle class life in Bytown – now Ottawa – for the insecurity and uncertainty of life in the wilderness on western Georgian Bay. 

Ruth Cathcart - Local Historian - Grey Roots Member

Millions of Cigars Left Owen Sound Prior to 1931

When I am walking home from downtown in Owen Sound, I often pass a building that once produced a product I would never want to use, and yet I sometimes wish that I could hop into my time machine (with a camera) to see how the work was done there. The H. E. Cooke & Co.

Joan Hyslop - Registrar

A Marking Sampler by Anna Gray 1853

Something new to Grey Roots is  a cross-stitch embroidery marking sampler, signed “Anna Gray 1853”.  The natural linen ground has a basted and whipstitched hem, while the right edge is somewhat closer to the margin, and finished with a tight line of dark pink whipstitching.

Joan Hyslop - Registrar