The Modest Beginnings Of Stittsville
The first settlers in the area weren’t Canadian. They were actually Irish! Arriving in the 1820s, Stittsville remained a Settlement for about 30 years until the official founding of the township around 1850. Jackson Stitt officially founded our hometown and, as you can guess, the town is indeed named after him. Stitt wore many hats at that point in time, perhaps most notably as the first postmaster in this area south of Canada’s capital city of Ottawa.
16 years after the initial founding of the Stittsville, the post village had a population of just 100 people. Needless to say, everyone knew everyone at that point in time. It contained a general store, one common school with about seventeen pupils, and a post office. That’s about it, which was fairly on par for the course given that this was around 1866.
A Devastating Fire Prompts The Need For Local Insurance Services
It’s unfortunate that the ability to fight fires — and a policy to financially secure everything lost in a fire — was limited at best, or even nonexistent at the time. Known as The Great Carleton Fire of 1870, this historic fire was an extremely unfortunate natural disaster that encompassed over a quarter million acres. This area of over 1,000 sq. km spanned from Ottawa to Smiths Falls to Carleton Place.
With a fire of this size, nearly everything and anything was destroyed. A building known as The Hartin House and only a handful of other buildings were left standing. Though homeowners insurance policies weren’t more prominent or even available for many years after this tragedy, we’re confident that this event did instill more questions in the minds of early Stittsville residents concerning how to move forward and prevent or protect themselves from something like this.
Naturally, in the multitude of decades that followed The Great Carleton Fire, Stittsville and the surrounding area was able to rebuild itself from more or less scratch. Though historical records are limited and we won’t chronicle every single development since the late 1800s, we’re proud of where our town is now.
Stittsville has since grown to a considerable population of about 33,870 people (2017 census), bringing with it many burgeoning businesses, local events, traditions, and neighborhoods. Over the years, Stittsville has “produced” several notable residents who later went on to do great things. From the area, we’ve seen multiple hockey coaches, an Olympian, musician, news anchor, and several professional hockey players grow up in our hometown.