Perth & District Historical Society

Perth & District Historical Society
As usual, we do not have meetings in July and August. Please rejoin us in September - and watch our website for what is coming this Fall. Information, when available, will be posted on our Events page.


See the new files on our Perth History Page, including Perth's first election (1820), Ellen Simons, the first woman to vote in a Perth election, and the KKK in early Smiths Falls.

A new Mystery - "Was Oil Discovered in Early Elmsley Township"? See our Mysteries 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 objective of this website is to present, for the public, an on-line archive, and free access, to materials developed from our events and the efforts of our volunteers and supporters. The website aims to document a range of information on the long and interesting history, from the earliest days of the First Nations’ arrival to the area, now described as Perth and the Townships of Tay Valley and Drummond/North Elmsley – known earlier as Bathurst, Burgess, South Sherbrooke, Drummond and North Elmsley Townships

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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