Historical Education and Preservation – Genealogical Research – Community Engagement
Welcome to The Cloyne and District Historical Society. We are a not-for-profit, charitable, volunteer organization whose mission is to preserve and record the history of the local area and to share that knowledge with our community. Our catchment area is the Highway 41 corridor from Kaladar in the south to Denbigh,Griffith and, Matawatchan in the north, as well as Flinton to the west and Harlowe to the east.
Our collections, both in artifacts and documents, reflect the history of this area beginning from settlement times in the 1850s, with emphasis on pioneer life, mining, logging, and tourism along the Addington Colonization Road. With its unique development across county lines, its challenging terrain and its determination to remain viable, this community has generated its own lore, traditions, and legends. In recent years, the addition of an Archives has meant that family histories, photos, land deeds and other paper documents are available for genealogical researchers.
Look Deeper Into Our Digital Archives
Flickr – This is our main photo site with over 1,800 photos, documents, maps and videos.
Facebook and Instagram – Keep informed about our latest events and blog posts.
YouTube – Check out our video archvies.
Flickr Cemeteries – A digital archive of our local cemeteries, 1,200 + photos
New! Looking Back Driving Tour Is Now Available In Our Bookstore!
Just released, “Looking Back” is a journey in time from the building of Highway #41 in 1933 to the present. Travel along with a booklet that is packed with photos and stories of the people who owned businesses along the way. “Looking Back” is available at the Cloyne Pioneer Museum and Archives for $8.00. The museum is open from 10AM to 4PM every day of the week in the summer.
Our Blog – Featuring Our Latest News, Events, and Items of Interest
Join us on Monday, February 19th, 2024 at 1 pm at the Barrie Community Hall in Cloyne. Cindy Austin will be speaking on how she uses genealogical research to solve family mysteries. Everyone is welcome!
John J. Savigny documented the history of Royal Canadian Legion Branch 328, Northbrook over a 40 year period in a 14-page document. Officers of the Branch and their military postings were recorded in this interesting history.
During the 1930s all that remained of the first Festubert seasonal post office on a tiny Ontario island in Loon Lake, now known as Skootamatta Lake, was the building’s granite fireplace and foundation. The post office has been located in Mike Schwaeger’s frame house
A National Film Board documentary entitled ‘Log Driver’ by Raymond Garceau will be shown at our next General Meeting on January 15, 2024, at 1 pm. Everyone is welcome!
This document outlines the progression of COVID-19 in Ontario and locally. The detailed timeline is by Kevin Nielsen of Global News. Local photos are included in the document.
The Flickr Cemetery website is a photograph archive of every gravestone within the cemeteries of...
2023 Fall Newsletter 'The Pioneer Times' now online!
In the Fall 2023 edition of the Pioneer Times, you will find reports on the changes to the Patron Program and a year-end report on the Speakers’ Forum. It has been 120 years since the giant Vennachar Fire. Lorne Ball’s recollection of the fire has been reprinted in the Newsletter. As well, an interesting article on the Air Force Camp on Skootamatta Lake has been reprinted from the SDRA Newsletter. Plus, lots of other interesting tidbits.
2021 Fall Newsletter 'The Pioneer Times' now online!
In the Fall 2021 edition of the Pioneer Times, you will continue your journey of Highway 41 landmarks and people with staff writer Marcella Neeley; join Josie Heyman and Rebekah Delyea as they pay tribute to long-time Harlowe resident, store owner and Reeve, Tom Neal; learn how a visit to the Pioneer Museum led Tracy Robertson to discover details about her grandmother’s early life at the Bon Echo Inn; and join us in saying goodbye to our good friend and longtime Historical Society member Muriel Meeks Van Ness. Enjoy!
CDHS Invites You To Join Us!
Membership allows you to take full advantage of what the Society and Museum have to offer. Members are eligible to vote at all general meetings including the AGM and to run for a position on the Board of Directors. The annual fee is only $10.00 per person. Sign up today to learn and share our history!
CDHS Invites You To Become A Member!
Membership allows you to take full advantage of what the Society and Museum have to offer. Members are eligible to vote at the AGM and to run for a position on the Board of Directors. The annual fee is only $10.00 per person. Sign up today and join us!.