Stittsville

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Stittsville is a suburban community, part of the City of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It is within the former Goulbourn Township. A part of the National Capital Region, Stittsville is immediately to the southwest of Kanata, and about 31 km (19 mi) west of Downtown Ottawa. The urban part of the community corresponds to Stittsville Ward on Ottawa City Council.

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About Stittsville …

credit to Goulbourn Historical Society

The village of Stittsville began as a small collection of houses and shops, situated on the 12th Line of Goulbourn Township, at the crossroads of what is now the Carp Road and Hazeldean Road. The area surrounding it was agricultural in nature, having been settled by Irish Protestant and English emigrants, some of whom had been soldiers with the 99th Regiment who founded Richmond in 1818.

The village developed slowly with a blacksmith, a tanner, a general store and an inn where travellers could stop for a rest and a drink. It was known as Stitt’s Corners because the man who owned the stopping place was Jackson Stitt. A lively marketplace for cattle and horse sales called the Fair Green was also part of the village. In 1854 when the village got its first post office, the postmaster chosen was Jackson Stitt, and so the village became known as Stittsville.

By 1870 there were about 100 people living in Stittsville. But in August of that year, the great fire of Carleton County swept through the area, laying waste to thousands of acres of farmland and bush, killing 12 people, and destroying the village of Stittsville as it went by. One month later, a new railway line opened up about a kilometre and a half south of the burnt-out village and many villagers decided to rebuild closer to the railway line with a view to the future. Over the next couple of years, the population around the railway line grew and the original site of the village became known as Old Stittsville, with only a few buildings located there.

By 1910 Stittsville was a busy rail centre with as many as 16 trains going through a day and many local people worked for the railway. Growth was slow and steady until, in 1961 Stittsville became a Police Village; but in 1974, it was absorbed back into Goulbourn Township and its municipal government became the Goulbourn Township Council.

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Some great Stittsville Resources!

Stittsville Central Twitter

@StittsCentral
Local Twitter Account worth following
One of the most exciting suburbs in the City of Ottawa. Tweets (mostly) by @glengower & part of the @ottawastart network.

Stittsville Village Association

The Stittsville Village Association is a group of volunteers that includes residents and business owners from a variety of backgrounds. Some of us have lived in the community for decades, while some of us are new residents who want to get involved and make a difference.

Goulbourn Museum

Built in 1872, the building currently known as the Goulbourn Museum used to be the old Town Hall. Despite being the size of a one-room school house this popular community hub was home to council meetings, parties and dances. The adjacent History Centre building was built in 1961 and was the former Clerks building. Now it is used to store the artefact collection, as office space, and to hold meetings and research appointments.