Perth & District Historical Society

Perth & District Historical Society
On Thursday, September 17, we are pleased to present the recently released video, 'The Story of Perth, Part One', by Robert & Sharon Newton, which is receiving excellent reviews. See the 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.

The first of several excellent 200th anniversary books will be published this September: 'At Home in Tay Valley' weaves together the history of the Algonquin, the 1816 arrival of the first settlers, and the community life of early North Burgess, Bathurst and S. Sherbrooke Townships, through to the present day. For details, see the 200th Anniversary Page

Now available: the official 200th Anniversary celebration calendar - a wonderful anniversary memento that will become a family keepsake, and a practical guide to what is coming in 2016. See the poster for information.

The second Lanark County Historic Bus Tour will offer an interesting visit to heritage buildings, churches, cemeteries and other historic sites in and around Clayton, on October 3, 2015. For details, visit:

A British Home Child Day will take place in Brockville on Saturday, September 26th, with a range of activities including tours, displays and presentations, by the Ontario East British Home Child Family, the Leeds & Grenville Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society, and the Brockville Museum. Contact: Viktor Kaczkowski, Tel. 613-342 4397.

This month's 'Mystery' is a charming hand-written scribbler with songs and poems, found at one of our local recycling stations. Perhaps you know the author?
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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