Barrhaven, Ottawa, Canada
A Nepean Neighbourhood
November 2, 2010:
Here is a slick map, created by Taylor Kennedy. He has superimposed a present day map of
Barrhaven onto an 1879 map of Nepean Township. The result shows the relationship of
the farm locations in 1879 and the evolution of the topography of Barrhaven in 2010.
The 1879 Nepean Map can be found online at the McGill University Digital County Atlas Project.
January 14, 2003:
This page was inspired by an exchange of e-mails between Mike Epp, one of the
original settlers in the 1960s of Barrhaven, and Taylor Kennedy whose ancestors
farmed on Jockvale Road beginning in the 1830's.
Barrhaven was created in the 1960's. Since then, many of the original farms have been
subdivided and built on. If you go to the main page on this web site (there's a link
at the bottom of this page), you'll find a search engine which helps you to find pioneer
families (Burnett, Houlahan, Watters, Nesbitt, Clothier and many others) or local areas
within or near Barrhaven, such as Fallowfield and Jockvale).
Further down on this page (under date of January 17, 2003, there is an article
titled "Barrhaven - Growing up in the 1970’s" by Mike Epp.
>My name is Mike Epp. I have lived my entire life in Barrhaven.
>Growing up here I have always had an interest in the history of the area. I
>try my best to recall the locations of the old farmhouses, barns,
>foundations and other landmarks in the area, but it was a long time ago. I
>recall buying eggs from the Nesbitt family on the corner of Fallowfield and
>Greenbank. Anyway, I have looked around the net and have found several
>items that you have posted. They are very interesting. I hope you might be able
>to >help me a bit or steer me to someone who may help with a few questions. I
>actually have dozens of questions, but I won't burden you. All I really
>have is the 1879 map and your 1929 map.
>1. The 1929 map indicates the location of the Fallowfield Station. It seems
>to be located where the new Strandherd intersects the tracks (near the
>McKenna house that was demolished a few years ago). Is this right? Do you
>know when the station was demolished?
>2. How old is the Kennedy home on Jockvale that is now the church?
>3. Forced Road was obviously redirected to it's current Jockvale Rd
>location. However, I recall many summer days playing on "the old Highway",
>as we called it, that ran more parallel to Fallowfield Rd. and intersected
>Cedarview one or two hundred yards from the current Fallowfield/ Cedarview
>intersection (closer to the School). Perhaps Jockvale was redirected twice.
>4. Wondering why the Jockvale School site is called McKenna Park instead of
>5. The old Mowat farm: was that the Quintan / Quinlan farm indicated on the 1879 map?
>6. The stone house to the right of the Mowat barn: is that the Burnett farm
>house? I recall another cattle barn down the hill from this house, where
>the park is now.
>7. The old stone house that used to be off of Jockvale (now off of Malvern)
>that belonged to Mr. Monk in the 80's (not sure who is there now): Is that
>the P.Waters / Watters or the M.Waters house indicated on the 1879 map?
>I could keep going. I would like to learn more about our area and any help
>you may provide would really be appreciated.
Nice to hear from you and your interest in Barrhaven.
I don't live in Carleton, more so by Hamilton Ont., and the buildings
disappear faster than I can get back there, thus my knowledge and locations
is limited. As you can see I have copied Al Lewis who is more knowledgable
in old buildings, names and parks, so he may be able to help you out there
and at the same time your information may
help him. A win - win situation.
The Kennedy house in Barrhaven was built about 1903 - 1905 by Michael Joseph
Kennedy who was the grandson od William Kennedy, and was built during their
stay in the original farmhouse. I will be sending three "doc" files that has
some stories to read. Kennevale in Barrhaven, as many of the streets were
named after the early settlers.
Jockvale Road also know as the forced road, was originally cut by the
Indians. Many men, women, children, Indians and soldiers have travelled that
route by foot in the early 1800's. Amazing isn't it?
The school in Jockvale has an interesting twist to it.
Any story of how school facilities developed in Jockvale must include the
account of the Great Madden double-cross. At least Dad's (Michael J.
Kennedy) version of it. It seems that the people of the community could not
decide on whether to build the new two-room school on the forced road, where
most of the people lived, or a half-mile to the east on the so called "upper
concession", where Pat Madden lived. So a referendum was decided upon, to
settle the question in a democratic way. Presumably, meetings were held and
propaganda issued. On voting day, volunteers were busy picking up voters
and carrying them to the polling place. Uncle Dick Tierney was one of those
transporting voters favoring the Madden location (Mrs. Madden was his
sister). His action led to some coolness in the Tierney-Kennedy relations.
Anyhow, when the dust settled and the votes were counted, the forced road
location, which Dad favored, led in the vote. Dad and his supporters
settled back, confident that they had won the contest. They had, it was
true, but Pat Madden was the one responsible for having the plans for the
new school drawn up. It was only when construction of the school was well
under way, that the "forced-road" group realized that, although the school
was being built where they wanted it to be, it was facing to the east, away
from the road, with only a long windowless side facing the forced road on
You will notice even today you enter from the rear of the building.
The 1929 map was completed by Desmond Kennedy who wrote about his life in
Jockvale on the farm. Talked about the River Jock, hauling ice from there in
the winter for the barn.
I am still working on the Watters side so I can't confirm who's house it
was. Also I don't know when the Jockvale Station was demolished but I copied
a story out of the Ottawa Citizen last year to the City's expectation of
running trains again through that point.
Sorry I couldn't be much help, but I hope what I sent you will answer some
Hi Taylor, Lorne and Mike:
Thanks for your e-mails.
I'll answer you three sometime tomorrow night. This is interesting stuff.
Lorne Burnett dropped over last week. He knows a lot
about the location of the farms, buildings, etc.
Talk to you all later.
Thanks for your reply Taylor. Interesting stuff. I will have to check out
the Nepean Museum and have a look at "The Kennedy Story" and whatever else
they may have.
I guess there are a few Burnetts still in the area. I used to work with Anne
Burnett. I recall she had a great deal of knowledge of the area. I
wish I had written down everything she had told me.
I grew up on Roberta Cres. Our house was the third built in '65. As an adult
I used to live on Bridgewater, off of Kennivale! I now reside in Chapman Mills.
Our house backs onto the old maple grove behind the old Collins
place. Minto tore down their barn buildings this past summer. I was able to
have a look around when it was vacant prior to the demolishion. I wish I had
a farmer with me to explain one of the barns. It had stairs to the 2nd level
where there seemed to be some large boxed off areas with lots of feathers in
them. Come to think of it, there were feathers all over. I did not
understand this because there was the regular chicken coup building near by.
I know that there were cattle grazing in those fields years ago, but I did
not see a normal cattle barn. The nice old stone house is still there, all
boarded up solid. I am not sure what their plan is. I hope it remains.
In the centre of the maple grove I found an old shack that still had very
old cut wood in it. There was not longer even a path leading to it. There
are rusted-out metal buckets and a large rusted tub. There are inscriptions
on the shacks inner walls, dates and numbers. I assumed that at one point
they collected and produced maple syrup there.
Anyway, I would really appreciate learning more about the area. I would love
to find more detailed maps of the area from the 1800's up to 1970. If anyone
has any ideas please let me know.
January 17, 2003:
Barrhaven - Growing up in the 1970’s
by Mike Epp
Growing up in Barrhaven in the 1970’s was a unique experience. We were isolated
from the city by the Greenbelt. Yet we were close enough that we could not really be
considered small-town folk. However, we were similar in many respects to a small town
in that we all knew each other, or we were at least familiar enough with most people
to say hello. There was a real sense of community. Our isolation also meant that a lot
of recreation took place in the common areas and in the surrounding forests and fields.
Yet our proximity to the city meant that the recreational activities that it offered
were still often enjoyed.
My family moved to Barrhaven in 1965, just as the development began. I was born in 1967,
so my memory of the area begins in the early 1970’s. Residential Barrhaven by this time
was roughly bordered by Fallowfield Road to the North, Larkin to the South, Tripp to
the East and Langholm (the top of the hill) to the West. Of course there were also a
scattering of farmhouses and a few other homes on Jockvale, Greenbank, Fallowfield
There were no shopping malls or grocery stores until the late 1970’s. There was the
McIntosh Grocery Store on Greenbank Road near Fallowfield. Mr. McIntosh was a very
friendly, tall, white-haired man who was active in the community and was well liked.
It was a big deal when the Mac’s Milk strip-mall opened around the corner, bringing
F+M Pizza and Lotus Chinese food to Barrhaven! Unfortunately, Mr. McIntosh lost business
from this competition.
There was no Walter Baker Centre, but we had two very active baseball diamonds as well
as the ice rink, all located on the Barrhaven Public School grounds. Of course, street
hockey was also a very popular athletic activity .The school was the focal point for
many of the communities events such as the Barrhaven Field Day, the Winter Carnival
and of course softball and baseball, which were both extremely popular at the time.
The school grounds were also the location for the regular evening visits by the Nepean
Bookmobile. It was essentially a library on wheels and it was always popular.
Barrhaven Public School also marked the last checkpoint before entrance into the
greatest playground a child could ask for. This consisted of acres of land containing
forests, fields, cliffs, ponds and a few small “junk yards” containing many treasures.
Cattle could still be seen grazing in these fields until the mid 1970’s.
All that remains of the main forest in that area is the small patch behind Barrhaven
Public School. The forest used to take up much of the North-West section of the Walter
Baker Centre property. Fields surrounded the forest on three sides. There was a small
frog pond on the West, where “soakers” and disease were of no concern to us children
as we hunted for frog eggs and other fun messy stuff.
There were rumours of older kids finding Indian arrowheads in the area, which were
likely untrue but they certainly aided in our interest in the area. I have since
learned that nearby Forced Road (Jockvale) was an old Indian trail prior to the
settling of the area in the 1800’s, so who knows.
The cliffs provided another source of adventure with small crevasses to explore and
they provided a view for “miles” of the fields, forests and farmland toward the
Rideau. The cliffs also gave us “mountaineering” experience through climbing its faces
at various points. In the winter the daredevils among us would jump to the deep snow
below, sometimes ending in bruises from the odd hidden rock below. What remains of the
cliffs is now hidden behind Jockvale Public School by 25 years of tree and brush growth.
The fields above the ridge where Fable and the Mowat Farm Park are were great for
exploring and adventure for a number of reasons. One reason was the rumour that Farmer
Mowat had a salt gun and that he would use to shoot trespassers. I am sure that this
was just a rumour, but it did keep us on our toes and very few would dare wander too
close to their farmhouse, barn and garage. The other reason the area was popular was
the number and variety of abandoned husbandry and vehicles. Of greatest interest was
an armored military vehicle that we referred to as “the ammunitions carrier”. The
imaginative play and exploration in this area was memorable.
The main summer event for the community was the Barrhaven Field Day. In its early
years it was nothing like it’s recent carnation. It had no fancy rides or high
pressure/high priced carnival games. There were pony rides, potato-sack races, three-legged
races, balance-an-egg-on-a-spoon races, beanbag tosses, bobbing for apples, bicycle
decorating contests, etc. For the other racing enthusiasts there were a variety of
bicycle races and the popular Soapbox Derby races down Larkin hill. There were always
a good variety of these homemade go-carts, made in a variety of shapes with plywood and
wagon wheels. Many were painted with stripes and numbers and they were the pride and
joy of the youths who created them (often with their Dad’s help!). Remarkably, no one
was ever really hurt. The Field Day was completely organized and run by members of
This is just a sampling of a typical Barrhaven child’s life in the 1970’s. I could go
on, but I think this in enough to paint a pretty good picture. There were also the
adventures on “the Old Highway” area west of the community. There were the Movie Nights.
There were the bicycle rides “way out” into the country, far away from Barrhaven,
to places like Strandherd Rd., or to the distant town of Fallowfield.
While attending school outside of Barrhaven the “city folk” would often ask, “What do
you guys do out there? It must have been so boring growing up there!”. I could only smile.
Boring? No way! Unique? Absolutely!
January 24, 2003:
I hope you are all doing well. I have being doing a lot of reading on your site Al.
The research work that you all have done is incredible. I have a number of questions,
some from my first e-mail. Any help you can provide would be appreciated. I wish
there was something I could contribute, but I don't think I know anything that
Taylor: have you transcribed the entire "Kennedy Story"? I would love to read it.
The 1879 map shows a school at the Jockvale School site. Was there another school
there prior to the building of the existing one in the early 1900's?
The 1929 map indicates the location of the Fallowfield Station. It seems to be have
been located where the new Strandherd intersects the train tracks (near the McKenna
house that was demolished a few years ago). Is this right? Do you know when the
station was last used/demolished?
Lorne: Forced Road was obviously redirected to it's current Jockvale Rd location.
However, I recall many summer days playing on "the old Highway", as we called it.
This abandoned road ran more parallel to Fallowfield Rd. and intersected Cedarview
one or two hundred yards from the current Fallowfield/ Cedarview intersection
(closer to the School), not at the Cederview/Fallowfield intersection like on the
1879 map. Was Jockvale was redirected twice?
Anyone know why the Jockvale School site is called McKenna Park instead of Fogarty
Park since he donated the land?
The old Mowat farm: was that the Quintan / Quinlan farm indicated on the 1879 map?
I just drove by the other day and it is a Bed and Breakfast now. It has also been
renovated with new brick, etc. Or, was it torn down and this new house built?
Lorne: The stone house to the right of the Mowat barn: is that the old Burnett
farm house in the 1879 map? I recall there was another cattle barn down the hill
from this house, where the park is now.
The old stone house that used to be off of Jockvale (now off of Malvern) that
belonged to Mr. Monk in the 80's (not sure who is there now): Is that the P.Waters /
Watters or the M.Waters house indicated on the 1879 map?
Curious about the Larkin property. Anyone know who owned it between the Larkin family
and Mr.Barr? I know that Mr. Madden had a cheese factory at keystone corners in the
early 1900's. Was this on the Larkin property? When did Mr.Barr buy the property?
Anyone know the Barr story?
This is it for now. Sorry for all the questions. I know it takes time to answer and
that you are all busy.
Al, if it is OK with you, I am going to put together a section for the Barrhaven
page that has links and excerpts to your other pages containing interesting
information about the area and it's pioneer families. Let me know if you think that
is a good idea.
Also posted on January 24, 2003: (Thanks to Lorne Burnett)
I WILL TRY TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS
NO 1 I STAND TO BE CORRECTED BUT I THINK THE OLD SCHOOL WAS IN THE SAME SPOT
MY MOTHER STARTED TO SCHOOL IN THE PRESENT SCHOOL THE YEAR IT WAS BUILT 1906
THE RAILROAD STATION WAS DIRECTLY ACROSS THE TRACKS FROM THE MCKENNA HOUSE
I MET PEOPLE COMING FROM OTTAWA BY TRAIN IN 1940 OR 41
THAT WAS THE LAST IT WAS USED
JOCKVALE ROAD USED TO MEET FALLOWFIELD AT THE CEDARVIEW / FALLOWFIELD INTERSECTION
IT HAS BEEN MOVED BACK TWICE
THE MCKENNA PARK NAME WAS JUST PLACED THERE LATELY, NO CONNECTION
THE OLD MOWAT FARM WAS AN ORIGINAL QUINLAN FARM
THE HOUSE NORTH OF THE BARN IS THE ORIGNAL IT IS THE BED & BREAKFAST
THE STONE HOUSE TO THE RIGHT OF THE BARN WAS ALSO A QUINLAN HOME
THE BURNETTS HOME WAS IN THE VICINTY OF KANE SHERWAY FABLE
THE STONE HOUSE OF SHERWAY NOT MALVERN BELONGED TO THE MONK FAMILY,
PURCHASED FROM THE KEALEY FAMILY
IN ABOUT 1950
THE KEALEYS PURCHASED FROM THE WATERS / WATTERS
MR BARR BOUGHT IN ABOUT 1957. HIS PLANS WAS TO PUT A RACE TRACK THERE
BUT IT DID NOT WORK OUT
SO MR BARR STARTED A SUBDIVISON.
HOPE THIS IS HELPFUL
January 24, 2003: (Thanks to Taylor Kennedy for the following .. I'm still trying
to load up a copy of the map) ... Al
This attached file is an 'Excel' file. It's a map of Nepean,1879 farm map
that I did on EXCEL. I know, it's an accounting program but like our
ancestors, you make do with what you have. I have plotted the locations of
the Parks, Forests and Plaques dedicated to the early pioneers. In the
Legend are the cross streets. Hope you can all retreive it. Received a hard
copy from cousin Paul Kennedy, son of Desmond Kennedy, author of "The
February 17, 2005:
The newly-created Barrhaven Business Improvement Association has just set up
their web site.
They also have a good map of the Barrhaven area (Fallowfield, Jockvale, Heart's Desire
and the Jock River area).
February 10, 2008:
A few years ago I wrote to you looking for pictures of Barrhaven in the early years
but no one seemed to have any. Anyway, I was looking at your website again and
wanted to write to ask if you had any other information about Barrhaven (not just
pictures). All of the stories are SO interesting! Unfortunately for me, I wasn't
born until the late 1980's and only experienced the later years of our community, but
since then Barrhaven has changed into a small city and doesn't have that
"community feel" it once had. I tried writing to the Nepean Museum twice, but
haven't had any luck in speaking to anyone there. I figured since it was a smaller
museum someone might have replied to my emails... I guess I was wrong. Anyway,
I'm not sure if any of you have any other information or historical stuff to share,
but I'd love to know more and hear about what this great town once was!
Check your albums for pictures too! :) I always love seeing pictures! Even if
they're just backgrounds!
Thanks to Taylor Kennedy for the following reply to Tim:
If I can make a suggestion. Check the digital maps from McGill University and
outline the boundaries of Barrhaven on that map. Make a note of all the family
surnames and post requests on Roots Web message board and Family Tree Maker message
boards for those surnames. Check with Nepean Library for a book written by a Craig
ancestor. It was all about life in that area. I don't know the name of the book but
it is out of print and they may have a copy. If not check with the National Archives
there in Ottawa. Also the National Archives should house pictures of the split up
of farmlands for construction of Barrhaven as well as early postal stations, train
stations etc. Pictures of the railroad coming through that area and them men and
women of the timeframe.
And if you come across Kennedy information, please feel free to contact me.
... Taylor Kennedy
PS You can also check land patents at the National Archives as to the original
settlers, who thay were with in the military, where they came from etc. Also the
history of St. Patricks Church, Fallowfield. The Rectory may have information also.
June 6, 2008:
The earliest part of Barrhaven to be settled is Chapman Mills.
November 16, 2009:
The Development Continues
Here is an article from the Ottawa Citizen, dated November 16, 2009, page C3.
This shows some work soon to be done in the Jockvale area of Barrhaven.
The project is named after some well-known pioneer families, Foster, Kennedy and Burnett.
February 20, 2010:
The Longfields Subdivision in Barrhaven, Nepean Township, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Here is a newspaper clipping from the Ottawa Citizen. Unfortunately the date was cut off my copy of the original.
Lois Long was interested in local history and heritage for many years and she researched many
of the original Nepean pioneer families.
September 19, 2010: (revised on October 26, 2010)
Hi Al, thank you for posting the EMC article on your web page. It turns out that the writer had made
an error in describing the dimensions of the LED screen when he wrote the article. I asked him to correct it,
which he did for the online version but it had already been printed in the paper version. Would you mind
including a link to the correct online version, or posting that version instead? I’ll include below the
link and I’ll paste in the online version as well.
Source for the following 1879 map of the Half-Moon Bay area is
October 25, 2010:
Attend the unveiling of a plaque on the pioneer Madden family farm at the Berrigan Street entrance to the Strandherd Park and Ride.
This plaque will be a reminder of the Hedgerow of Butternut and Walnut Trees just off Berrigan Street in Barrhaven.
This event will take place at noon on Wednesday, October 27, 2010.
November 8, 2010:
After travelling across Canada, to Afghanistan and back, “Notes from Home” – a hand-made book containing signatures,
drawings, photos and kind wishes to the soldiers in Afghanistan from over 80,000 Canadians – will be making one last
stop where it all began before being donated to the Canadian War Museum. This book will be available to be signed at
the Barrhaven Legion, November 9, 2010, at 6:00 P.M.
E-mail Taylor Kennedy, Mike Epp, Lorne Burnett, Tim Greer and Al Lewis
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