Perth & District Historical Society

Perth & District Historical Society
Join us on May 21 when Brian Porter of Brockville returns to present John A. Macdonald, in his later years, completing our bicentennial story of Canada's most famous Prime Minister For more details see the Coming Events Page.
Beginning the countdown to our 200th Anniversary next year, we have placed a list of significant dates leading to the founding of our area on the Military History Page.

Three recent books on local history: 1. The Slippers' Keeper, by Ian Wallace (the story of the Purdon Conservation Area); 2. First We Were Soldiers; the Long March to Perth, by Ron W. Shaw; 3. Tales of the Hare; a Prequel and Sequel to the Last Fatal Duel, by Ron W. Shaw

Can you name the school for this month's mystery? It is a photo of an early rural 1900s school class, with teacher George Noonan, and workers, Jessie Darou, Bob North, Alf Bowes and one other Bowes, presumably in North Burgess or Bathurst. To view this very interesting photo
See the Mysteries Page.

The celebrations start in:

See the 200th Anniversary Page

Welcome to the Perth & District Historical Society website. Our society is a non-profit, volunteer organisation dedicated to documenting and sharing the rich history of this area of Lanark County in eastern Ontario. The society provides a forum for the presentation and discussion of our history through monthly meetings and other events.

The intention of this website is to present, for the public, an on-line archive, and free access, to materials developed by our events and the efforts of our volunteers and supporters. The website documents a wide range of in-depth information on the long and interesting history of Perth and the neighbouring historical townships - formerly known as Bathurst, Burgess, South Sherbrooke, Drummond and North Elmsley, and now the Townships of Tay Valley and Drummond/North Elmsley.

We believe that if you have a passion for history, or are just curious about our past, you will find something of interest - and perhaps some surprises - in this collection that grows monthly. We would welcome your comments and contributions.

Perth, the Capital of the District of Dalhousie; from the N-East bank of the River Tay - painting by Thomas Burrowes, 1828, Archives of Ontario, I0002141

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