On June 15, 2022, the Township of Russell unveiled two new plaques in Embrun as part of its Historical Plaque Program. 

The two new plaques commemorate the St-Jacques Church and the New York Central Railroad. Mayor Pierre Leroux, St-Jacques Parish Priest Father Michel, and St-Jacques Parish President Laurier Lemieux were present for the unveiling. 

The St-Jacques Church is recognized for the role the Catholic Church played in the founding of the village of Embrun and the francophone community in Eastern Ontario. The neo-baroque style architecture of the building is also a defining feature of the village. 

The New York Central Railroad is recognized for its impact on the regional economy. The railroad connected the community to Ottawa, Montréal, and New York for almost 60 years. 

There are now nine plaques to visit as part of Russell Township’s Historical Plaque Program. More will be added to this fall. 

Each bronze plaque has a historical photo and bilingual text describing the site’s historical significance. Visitors will find further details about the sites, including older photos, on the township’s website. 

The Township invites members of the public or community groups to provide their suggestions for future sites for consideration through the Historical Plaque Program by contacting [email protected]. Any information regarding the suggested site is appreciated.