Nor’Westers and Loyalist Museum  Tucked among trees in the historic village of Williamstown, Ontario, Canada, is the Nor’Westers and Loyalist Museum. The Georgian style structure was originally built as a school in 1862. Later, as a centennial project in 1967, it became a museum.

Today, it proudly depicts, in a comprehensive display, the story of Sir John Johnson and Loyalist followers, who settled here during the American Revolution in 1784.

The Nor’Westers Company, an active competitor of the Hudson’s Bay Company for the fur trade, explored and opened up much of western Canada and the United States.

Glengarry Pioneer MuseumOpened in 1962, the Glengarry Pioneer Museum consists of several nineteenth century log heritage buildings and artifacts. The museum’s original structure started life as MacIntosh’s Store in the 1840s. It then became the Star Inn, a stagecoach stop in the 1860s. It is this period that the inn is furnished to reflect…including the original barroom, believed to be one of the oldest in Eastern Ontario.

Dalkeith Historical SocietyThe Dalkeith Historical Society incorporated as not for profit through the Ontario Historical Society in 2011. In early 2012, DHS received its charitable status from Canada Revenue Agency. In the summer of 2012, DHS became property owners. The property we bought has a building on the grounds that started out in 1876 At that time it was used as a general store then it later became a chapel. DHS hopes to turn the building into a multi use museum and to ready for Canada’s Sesquicentennial in 2017.

Township of North GlengarryThe Official Township Website

Township of South GlengarryThe Official Township Website

St. Raphael’s RuinsSt Raphael’s is situated in the former Charlottenburgh Township, now South Glengarry on the seventh concession back from the St Lawrence River. Commenced by Alexander Macdonell, vicar general and future Roman Catholic Bishop of Upper Canada, this large stone church served a congregation of Gaelic- speaking Catholic Highlanders who had settled in the easternmost county of Upper Canada in 1786. For a time St Raphael’s function as the administrative centre of the Roman Catholic Church in Upper Canada and today is recognized as the founding church for the Anglophone Catholics of the province.

Bethune-Thompson HouseThe old house proudly at the end of a gravel driveway overlooking the Raisin River in the picturesque eastern Ontario village of Williamstown. Dating back to 1784, it is one of the oldest structures in the province, and in every room there are signs of age. The house is named after two important former residents: the Reverend John Bethune, who introduced Presbyterianism to Upper Canada, and David Thompson, the celebrated fur trader and map-maker who helped survey the Canada-U.S. border. Both lived here with their families in the days before Confederation.

Sir John Johnson Manor HouseBuilt in Williamstown, Ontario between 1784 and 1792 as part of a mill site, Sir John Johnson House is significant for its architectural design and for being one of the oldest surviving buildings in Ontario. Also important is its historical connection to Sir John Johnson, who encouraged United Empire Loyalist to settle in the St. Lawrence River Valley after the American Revolution.

Macdonell Williamson HouseThe Macdonell-Williamson House, known as “Poplar Villa” or “Scotus” was built by John Macdonell on his retirement circa 1817. It is located in Ontario on the Ottawa River adjacent to the village of Pointe-Fortune, at the border between Ontario and Quebec (Upper Canada and Lower Canada).The house was acquired in 1978 by the Ontario Heritage Foundation in order to save it from demolition. Extensive architectural and archeological investigations were carried out.

Martintown MillThe Martintown Mill was built in 1846 by Alexander McMartin. It is located in the centre of the village of Martintown in historic Glengarry county, Ontario. The mill is a charming, rustic building in a picturesque setting on the north bank of the Raisin River. It is a popular destination for tourists.

The Canadian County Atlas Digital Project – Map of Glengarry County Between 1874 and 1881, approximately forty county atlases were published in Canada, covering counties in the Maritimes, Ontario and Quebec. Thirty-two of these atlases were produced for Ontario by the following five companies: H. Belden & Co. (17); H.R. Page & Co. (8); Walker & Miles (5); J.H. Meacham & Co. (1); H. Parsell (1). Two types of county atlases exist for Ontario, those which covered a single county or multiple adjacent counties, and those which were published as supplements to Dominion of Canada atlases. In total, 40 Ontario counties were covered by these 32 atlases. This the 1879 map of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry.

Ontario’s Historical PlaquesWelcome. My name is Alan L Brown and I live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I’m a 64 year old retired school librarian who left the profession in June, 2002. I’ve had an interest in plaques since I was a kid. Now that I’m retired, I set out, in March 2004, with my trusty digital camera, to take a photo of each of the Provincial government’s Ontario Heritage Trust plaques and create a page for each on this site. As well, beginning in May, 2009, I have begun adding all the Federal government’s Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada plaques in Ontario to this site.

Historical Plaques of Ontario Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry

Glengarry Place for the ArtsWe are a non-profit organization, situated in Glengarry County, Ontario, Canada, that strives to promote and support the Celtic culture in our community.

Glengarry Celtic Music Hall of FameGlengarry County has a wealth of Celtic heritage. One thing lacking, however, has been a form of recognition for those talented individuals who make up Glengarry’s rich Celtic culture. Recently, this void has been filled by the formation of the Glengarry Celtic Music Hall of Fame. The organization was founded on June 10th, 2003 in Alexandria, Ontario. Its creation was the culmination of many meetings of a small group of individuals interested in officially recognizing contributions to the continuance of Celtic music heritage in the county of Glengarry, Ontario.

Glengarry Highland GamesSince the first Games were held in 1948, the people of Glengarry have extended close to a million welcomes to visitors who come to see what is estimated to be one of the largest Highland Games in the world. Hundreds of thousands of people have found themselves drawn once a year to Maxville, to witness an outstanding display of music, dance, sports, fiddling, pageantry, and tradition.

In the course of the day, more than 60 pipe bands are put through their paces to decide the North American Pipe Band Championships™, more than 200 dancers defy gravity in the Highland Dance competition and giants hurl telephone pole-sized cabers and 50 pound iron hammers around the infield. It is a memorable and incredible event.

Glengarry Sports Hall of FameThe Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame is an organization that was founded in 1978 to celebrate and preserve the achievements of Glengarry County’s athletes. Loyalists and Scottish immigrants settled in Glengarry in the late eighteenth century. Today the area is home to people of many descents and boasts an impressive sporting heritage.

Friends of the Glengarry Trails AssociationThe Friends of Glengarry Trails Association (FGTA) is a volunteer group of trails enthusiasts who devote their efforts to the development and maintenance of a nature trail system in the Township of North Glengarry. Originally constructed with the assistance of Provincial and Municipal funding, it is now entirely maintained through the generosity of the users and the community in general by way of memberships and participation in fund-raising events.

Williamstown FairThe Williamstown Fair has been serving the South Glengarry community since 1812. The Williamstown Fair is nestled in the quaint village of Williamstown surrounded by beautiful large pines.  It has maintained it’s country charm and throughout the years continues to be a local hub with it’s roots deeply committed to rural life.  In addition, our friendly and professional volunteers and exhibitors are here to answer any questions you may have about our fair or our programs.

Vankleek Hill & District Historical SocietyThe Historical Society was created during the 1997 Vankleek Hill Bi-centennial with the objective to foster interest in and preservation of our community history. Our goal is to create a museum, archives & visitor centre to provide a centre of learning that draws on research, collections, exhibitions. Our ongoing local history preservation projects include oral histories, indexing cemeteries, walking tours.

Ontario Historical Society The Ontario Historical Society is a non-profit corporation and registered charity; a non-government group founded in 1888; bringing together people of all ages, all walks of life and all cultural backgrounds interested in preserving some aspect of Ontario’s history

Upper Canada VillageThis world-class award-winning attraction is a must-see and must-do when visiting the area, and a favourite past time for many locals who return time and time again. Nestled on the banks of the St. Lawrence River in eastern Ontario, this 60-acre site boasts over 40 heritage buildings to explore, and a host of costumed interpreters who delight in bringing you with them on an entertaining journey into Canada’s past.

The following links will be helpful to anyone wishing to trace their family roots in this area:

Glengarry County Genweb

Rootsweb Glengarry Message Board

St. Andrews Cemetery Records

St. Anthony’s Parish Cemetery Records

North Branch Cemetery Records

A list of author links (some via publishers sites) Mark Jodoin is an author who has written about Loyalist and Glengarry history.