Stories

A legacy of farm, trees and…apples!

We’ve been green here for a looooong time! Tay Valley and Drummond/North Elmsley townships have launched two anniversary programs to recognize a cherished and valued part of the area’s history as part of the upcoming 200th anniversary celebrations. The Legacy Farms program recognizes farms that have been in the same family for 100, 150 or…

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A Short Geological History of Lanark County

by MVFN member Neil Carleton This short history was inspired by the field trip on October 28, 2007, when members of the Eastern Ontario Certified Forest Owners / Eastern Ontario Model Forest explored the geology of Lanark County with Professors Allan Donaldson (Carleton University) and Donald Hogarth (University of Ottawa). It was a remarkable day…

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Choose your own maple adventure!

The Maple Syrup Capital of Ontario, Lanark County, has a new way to bring the maple experience to you! The inaugural Maple Weekend was held in 2015 with 17 sugar bushes participating. Hosted by the Lanark and District Maple Syrup Producers Association, activities take place between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on April 2 and…

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History of the Perth Military Settlement

(Source: Perth and District Historical Society website) The ‘Perth Military Settlement’, was an 1815 concept that covered present-day Perth and the adjoining early townships of Bathurst, North Burgess, South Sherbrooke, Drummond, North Elmsley and Beckwith. This was one of three military settlements – the other two being in nearby Lanark and Richmond – that were…

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Many Kilts Running Farther and Farther

The Perth Kilt Run is already a Guinness world-record holder for the World’s Largest Kilt Run, and the event grows in popularity every year. In 2016 it’s aiming to be an epic celebration! From June 24 to 26 you’re invited to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Perth Military Settlement (Perth, Beckwith, Drummond/North Elmsley and…

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Revving up for Ribfest!

What are the three Rs on August 21-23, 2015? Ribs, revving and Rotary! The first annual Perth Ribfest and Car Show, hosted by the Rotary Club of Perth, is set to go at the Perth Fairgrounds and promises something for everyone – and for a good cause. The three-day event will feature four renowned professional…

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The Settlers Trail

They crossed an ocean and then, often, the first immigrants had to cross hundreds of miles overland in order to reach their new homes (which they then had to build, of course). Some of the trails they took eventually became main roads connecting communities and, in some places, were among the earliest-settled areas in the…

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Disbanded Soldiers Offered Land in the Canadas

On June 9, 1815, General Orders are issued by the British military establishing regulations for granting land in the Canadas to disbanded soldiers of the War of 1812. Presented by Lieutenant Colonel John Harvey, Deputy Adjutant-General of Forces in the Canadas, these Orders implement the Prince Regent’s declaration of December 6, 1814. Amongst other conditions,…

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Limited Passage

In early March 1815, Lord Bathurst, having issued his Edinburgh Proclamation inviting Scottish (and later Irish) emigrants to Canada, becomes concerned that the number will exceed expectations.  By then, applications had already reached 500 in Edinburgh and 200 in Glasgow.  On March 24th, 1815, Bathurst decrees that “the persons to be provided with passages from…

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