Perth & District Historical Society

Perth & District Historical Society
Our May 19 meeting will move to Drummond/North Elmsley Township, and launch a local history song that may be heard at:
See the Events Page for details.

If you are a descendant of one of the first families on the Scotch Line, you will want to participate in the historic 'Parade of Descendants' at the Scotch Line History Fair, at ECOTAY, on June 12, recognising the first settlers to arrive here in 1816. See the poster for details (PDF)
We are pleased to announce a large new collection of documents: look for in the History Section under 'Military', 'Town of Perth', and 'Neighbouring Townships'

We've opened a new section on our website all about routes the first settlers took to Perth in 1816. See The 1816 Routes to Perth

Interested in finding your ancestor's early property in this area? See the Historic Mapping Project links on the 200th Anniversary Page (bottom right)

See the listing on the 200th page

Do you know the person or persons who created our mystery 'WW II Victory Quilt? See the Mysteries Page.


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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