Perth & District Historical Society

Perth & District Historical Society
As usual, we will not have a meeting in December. Please mark your calendar for our first 200th Anniversary year meeting on January 21, with Ken Watson's presentation, "Finding the Settlers Trail." See the Events Page.
We are pleased to announce our program for the upcoming 200th Anniversary year. 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.

  • At Home in Tay Valley - edited by Kay Rogers, with interviews, materials and photos by the residents of Tay Valley Township, and support from Tay Valley Township; Cost: $30,

  • Barns, a Reflection of the Times - by Claudia Smith, featuring barns of eastern Ontario, with a focus on Lanark County, and their evolution; Cost: $27.05, selected book stores, or call 613-256-1487, (

  • First We Were Soldiers; the Long March to Perth, by Ron Shaw, Friesen Press,

  • Official 200th Anniversary celebration calendar - a wonderful anniversary memento that will become a family keepsake, and a practical guide to the 2016 events. See the poster for information. See the poster for information.

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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