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Flashback February returns: Dive into Prince Edward County’s Heritage Week festivities

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Prince Edward County’s annual celebration of its rich history and heritage, Flashback February, is set to return February 17 to 25, 2024, for its seventh consecutive year.

Presented by The County Museums, in collaboration with various community organizations and businesses, the event boasts a lineup of 20 diverse events across the County.

Jessica Chase, Curator at The County Museums, expressed enthusiasm for this year’s offerings.

“We are thrilled to once again offer a varied and exciting line-up of events taking place across The County,” she said. “There’s truly something for everyone.”

The festivities commence on Saturday, Feb. 17, with events hosted by the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (PEC Branch) and Base31. The ACO’s “Foundations, Food and Community” at Picton United Church will feature speakers highlighting the architectural history of the building and its longstanding tradition of community events. In the evening, Base31 will host “The November Project with Rob Horgan,” where Rob will read from his grandparents’ Second World War-era love letters accompanied by original music from The Colton Sisters.

Throughout Flashback February, attendees can engage in a range of activities, including winter games and wagon rides (weather permitting) at The Waring House, attempting to earn a spot on Escape Camp Picton’s leaderboard, exploring the County’s Quaker history in Wellington, and admiring an 800-year-old clay vessel discovered at Sandbanks Provincial Park. Other highlights include Family Day festivities at Macaulay House, genealogical research workshops with County Roots, an Evensong service at Macaulay Church, and County Trivia hosted by Steve Campbell and Adele Simmons.

For those interested in deeper historical insights, opportunities include learning about Richard Nixon’s secretive visit to PEC in 1957 from Dr. Thomas Harrison, watching vintage County home movies while enjoying cider and popcorn, and engaging with descendants of local families such as the Alyea, Burris, and Chase families to hear ancestral stories.

Tickets for events range from free to $50, with advance reservations required for most. For comprehensive ticket and event information, interested individuals can visit For further details, folks can contact Jessica Chase, Curator, at or 613.476.2148 extension 2524.

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