Ontario's First Ginseng (Hellyer's Ginseng)

Waterford Heritage & Agricultural Museum (WHAM) chose photographs from its collection that told a unique and engaging Waterford story. We then set about to accurately re-create them so that we might bring each one to life through film.  This project was funded by the Government of Ontario through the Museum Technology Fund.  

Ontario's first ginseng crop was propagated right here in Townsend Township, Norfolk County by brothers Clarence and Albert Hellyer in the 1890s.  The strain that the Hellyer brothers developed is still used in today's ginseng gardens.