Perth & District Historical Society

Perth & District Historical Society
On Thursday, November 21, we are pleased to welcome John Clement, former Editor of the Perth Courier on the history of the paper over the years - and developments in the community newspaper industry. See the Events Page
New Article - Chief Shawanipinessi and 1844 land set-aside for area Algonquins. See the First Nations page.


Our summer mystery: have you seen a photo of the second Wemyss railroad station that was once located at the corner of Highway 7 and Bathurst Con. 5? See the 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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