Was the orchard next to Lincoln Fields part of a farm once? How did Lincoln Fields get its name?
The orchard is located near an area that was once the site of a vineyard. In “Ottawa’s Britannia”, Eva Taylor tells of the story of Judge William Mosgrove, a resident of the area who operated a vineyard and a winery. There is no indication of when the orchard was planted but the area is blessed with good conditions for growing fruit.
The City Council Minutes mention a subdivision development named “Lincoln Heights” approved in the early 1960’s. The developer was Assaly Construction. The minutes and development files consulted do not provide the reason for the selection of the name Lincoln Heights.
In “The City Beyond…” by Dr. Bruce Elliott, a book on the history of Nepean, there are no references to an individual by the name of Lincoln who might have settled the area prior to its annexation to the City of Ottawa in 1950. It appears that the development took place after the area became part of Ottawa.
You can visit the City of Ottawa Archives to conduct further research. The City of Ottawa Archives are located at 111 Sussex Drive, Bytown Pavilion, 1st floor; open Tuesday to Friday 9:00 to 16:00, Saturday 10:00 to 17:00.