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.

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