Settlers’ Heritage Day & Lanark County Plowing Match!

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They came from Scotland and Ireland, strangers in a new land.  Some came to escape persecution, and some came in search of a more prosperous life, far away from the harsh economic realities in the old country.  Some young men came alone, and they were the adventurers, and explorers, eager for fresh experiences, and new challenges.  Many brought their families, wives, and young children on the long ocean voyage, leaving behind parents, and grandparents that they would never see again.

Whatever their reasons for leaving their faraway homelands, they all brought their hopes and their dreams of a better life, and a brighter future for the generations that would follow.  One of the earliest settlements was Tay Valley Township in Lanark County.  It was an area rich with fast-flowing rivers, and picturesque lakes.  Early settlers cleared the forests, farmed the land, built mills on the banks of the rivers, and laid the foundations for future generations.

2016 marks the 200th anniversary of Tay Valley Township’s earliest settlement, and events and celebrations to mark this milestone will be held throughout the year.  One of the most exciting events will be the Settlers Heritage Day, combined with the 2016 Lanark County Plowing Match.

On Saturday, August 20th, beginning at 7:00 a.m,. through to 4:00 p.m., there will be activities for the whole family, including a maple-syrup pancake breakfast, fence building, sheep shearing, blacksmithing, genealogical research assistance, antique exhibits, and the popular plowing match. In addition, there will be presentations of Legacy Farm anniversary certificates, and lots of activities for the children, like wagon rides, a miniature animal farm, a puppet show, and story corner to name a few.

Don’t miss this special event celebrating 200 years of this historic township and the contributions made by the founding families!

Share in this historic celebration at 2677 Scotch Line, County Road 10 in Tay Valley Township.

For more information:   or call 613-264-0094 or 613-267-5353 ext. 133.


Celebrating 200 Years of History

Perth Military Settlement

The Perth, Ontario Military Settlement was founded in 1816, and as part of the local celebrations for the 200th anniversary in 2016, many of the nearby communities will be collecting local stories for publication in commemorative books.

Both Tay Valley Township and Drummond-North Elmsley Township are producing commemorative books and are looking for submissions from former and current residents.

Please send your family stories, special memories and recollections to be included in these legacy publications. Family life, stories about farming, anecdotes about attending local schools, memories of churches and local businesses are all welcome. They are also interested in stories of special events or stories that ‘made the news’ during your lifetime.

For those who have stories about life in Tay Valley, (formerly Bathurst, North Burgess & South Sherbrooke), please contact Kay Rogers at 613 326-0363 or email to: cameronrogers(at)

If you have submissions of stories for Drummond-North Elmsley Township please contact Karl Grenke kgrenke(at)

“..what the next generation will value most is not what we owned,
but the evidence of who we were and the tales of how we lived”
― Ellen Goodman