Telling our stories

We have stories to tell! With the 200th anniversary of the Perth Military Settlement (Perth, Beckwith, Drummond/North Elmsley, Tay Valley) in 2016, two new books are set to be published to mark the birthday, including At Home in Tay Valley by Kay Rogers, which is a compilation of stories from more than 50 people celebrating the people, places and events in the history of the township.

A book launch is planned at Ecotay Education Centre in Tay Valley on Sept. 19, and proceeds will go towards scholarships for students who have demonstrated a keen interest in history.

Souvenir items for Beckwith include a calendar and a cookbook, and Perth has also compiled a souvenir cookbook. A new online store for all of the anniversary swag and souvenirs is being developed and will be linked to the Lanark County Tourism website.

Also recently published is a children’s book featuring one of North America’s early conservationists: Joe Purdon. The Slippers’ Keeper by Ian Wallace ( depicts the story of how Joe became a steward of a fragile piece of land in eastern Ontario that became Purdon Conservation Area (now part of Mississippi Valley Conservation Area), that is now home to one of the largest colonies of Showy Lady’s Slippers in North America and is one of the Seven Wonders of Lanark County.

To get connected with all or any of these items, contact Marie at 1-888-4-LANARK.

The Edinburgh Proclamation

During this week in 1815, an unprecedented offer was made to the residents of Edinburgh and other areas of Scotland and Ireland, of free transportation ... Read More

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 ... Read More

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 ... Read More

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 ... Read More

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 ... Read More

Perth Military Settlement 200th Anniversary Celebrations Will Offer Something for Everyone

By John LeVatte Perth and District Chamber of Commerce The War of 1812 – a two-and-a-half-year struggle pitting the British Military against armies of the ... Read More

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 ... Read More

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 ... Read More

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 ... Read More

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 ... Read More

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 ... Read More