Lambton Heritage Museum
Grand Bend, Ontario

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Grand Bend - Our Stories, Our Voice



The small English-Canadian settlement at Brewster's Mill, as the Bend was first called, was augmented in the middle years of the last century by several French-Canadian families of Huguenot stock - Desjardins, Ravelle, Charreau and others - from the St. Francis River district north of Sherbrooke, Quebec. Before long they numbered upwards of 100, and though they retained their native tongue in their homes, they became fully integrated into the English-speaking community where their names were corrupted in pronunciation and even spelling to "Disherdaw, Revell, and Sharrow."


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