Hotels in Rawdon
Originally hotels were not places of entertainment, they offered meals and accommodations for travellers and visitors. Beer and wine were also served with food.
For many years alcohol was not available outside the Township of Rawdon. In Rawdon some places, such as W. Burn’s Temperance Hotel shown below clearly indicates no liquor was served nor tolerated in the hotel.
Temperance was promoted vigorously by the Temperance movement. Signs were posted in many homes and businesses declaring the evils of drinks, such as, “Lips that touch wine will never touch mine”.
During 1916-1917 all provinces except Quebec banned alcohol , “in support of the war effort”.