DescriptionFounded in the late 1700s by Scottish, Irish and British Loyalist settlers, Orwell was named for Sir Francis Orwell, England's Minister of Plantations.
A notable Orwellian was Sir Andrew Macphail, a talented man whose occupations included medicine, education, journalism and agriculture. Macphail, a physician and medical professor at McGill University in Montréal, wrote “The Master's Wife,” the story of local Scottish immigrants. He also was the first editor of the Canadian Medical Journal. His agricultural research led him to develop new strains of potato plants, a boost for one of the province's most important crops.
Besides potatoes, strawberries are an important local crop. Also held periodically are ceilidhs (KAY-lees), Old World community music festivals.
Things to SeeOrwell Corner Historic Village